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Bible as Notepad

Tracing Annotations and Annotation Practices in Late Antique and Medieval Biblical Manuscripts

Ed. by Lied, Liv Ingeborg / Maniaci, Marilena

Series:Manuscripta Biblica 3

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    Publication Date:
    September 2018
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    Aims and Scope

    The present volume provides a comparative look at the contents and layout features of secondary annotations in biblical manuscripts across linguistic traditions. Due to the privileged focus on the text in the columns, these annotations and the practices that produced them have not received the scholarly attention they deserve. The vast richness of extant verbal and figurative notes accompanying the biblical texts in the intercolumns and margins of the manuscript pages have thus been largely overlooked.

    The case studies gathered in this volume explore Jewish and Christian biblical manuscripts through the lens of their annotations, addressing the various relationships between the primary layer of text and the secondary notes, and exploring the roles and functions of annotated manuscripts as cultural artifacts. By approaching biblical manuscripts as potential "notepads", the volume offers theoretical reflection and empirical analyses of the ways in which secondary notes may shed new light on the development and transmission of text traditions, the shifting engagement with biblical manuscripts over time, as well as the change of use and interpretation that may result from the addition of the notes themselves.


    28.0 x 21.0 cm
    xii, 156 pages
    English, Ancient Greek
    Type of Publication:
    Manuscript culture; biblical manuscripts; paratexts; history of reading

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    Liv Ingeborg Lied, MF Norwegian School of Theology, Oslo, Norway and Marilena Maniaci, University of Cassino and southern Lazio, Italy.

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