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Bibil Identifier bibil:205949
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Sacred Scriptures as Trash: Biblical Papyri from Oxyrhynchus
Author Luijendijk, AnneMarie
Journal Vigiliae Christianae (Volume: 64, Issue: 3)
Year (Publication) 2010
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2010
Year (Copyright) 2010
Year (Reference) 2010
Year (Second publication) 2010
Language English
Pages 217-254 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract Most New Testament papyri with a known provenance were found at the site of the ancient Egyptian city of Oxyrhynchus, or more precisely: on that city's rubbish mounds. The fact that sacred scriptures were discarded as garbage is surprising in view of the holiness of Christian biblical manuscripts, intrinsically and physically. Yet the trash aspect of provenance has never been adequately problematized or studied. Taking a social-historical and garbological approach, this article demonstrates that at Oxyrhynchus in antiquity entire manuscripts with biblical writings were deliberately discarded by Christians themselves, unrelated to persecution and issues of canonicity.
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : New Testament (Introduction) : New Testament : Textual Criticism : Greek Texts : Manuscripts : Papyrus
Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Graeco-Roman World : Literature - Philosophy : Documentary Papyri
Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Near East : Egypt : Archaeology : Christian Era
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