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Bibil Identifier bibil:210193
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Nomina Sacra and Sacra Memoria before the Monastic Age
Author Heath, Jane
Journal The Journal of Theological Studies (Volume: 61, Issue: 2)
Year (Publication) 2010
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2010
Year (Copyright) 2010
Year (Reference) 2010
Language English
Pages 516-549 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract In the earliest period, the nomina sacra are unlikely to have been significant as ‘reading aids’ that provided assistance in deciphering the unread page. Comparison with Greco-Roman and Jewish habits of reading and memory work, together with early Christian discussions of Scripture, suggest that it is plausible that the nomina sacra helped some contemplative readers memorize the page, meditate upon its individual graphemes and overall intent, and practise remembrance of the divine name at this early period. This points to continuity between early Christian reading practices and the sacra memoria that developed on a greater scale in a monastic setting from the fourth century onward.
DOI 10.1093/jts/flq077
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Unbound Keywords : Nomina Sacra
Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Ancient Judaism : Themes : Memory
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