The article deals with the complex relationship between the religious revolution of late antiquity and cultural changes in the Roman world. It focuses on new attitudes to books, and analyses them in parallel with new conceptions of the self emerging in early Christianity. In particular, it seeks to understand the paradox of the early monks having been at once fierce opponents and carriers of Greco-Roman paideia.
See Frances Young‘Christian Teaching,’ in Cambridge History of Early Christian Literatureed. Frances Young Lewis Ayres Andrew Louth (Cambridge 2004) pp. 464–484. One should further note that in Rabbinic Hebrew usage the ‘house of study’ (bet ha-midrash) is more prominent than the synagogue (bet ha-knesset).
See Ian H. Henderson‘Early Christianity, Textual Representation and Ritual Extension,’ in Texte als Medium und Reflexion von Religion im römischen Reiched. Dorothea Elm von der Osten Jörg Rüpke Katerina Waldner (Heidelberg 2006) pp. 81–100.
See Eduard Iricinschi‘Tam pretiosi codices uestri: Hebrew Scriptures versus Persian Books in Augustine’s Anti-Manichaean Writings,’ in Revelation Literature and Community in Late Antiquityed. Philippa Townsend and Moulie Vidas (Tübingen 2011) pp. 153–176.
See Anthony Hilhorst‘Biblical Scholarship in the Early Church,’ in The Impact of Scripture in Early Christianityed. J. den Boeft and M.L. van Poll-van de Lisdonk [Supplements to Vigiliae Christianae 44] (Leiden 1999) pp. 1–19.
Stroumsa‘Augustine and the Book,’ in A Companion to Augustineed. Vessey (see above n. 14) pp. 151–157. On reading and readers in Augustine see Matilde Caltabiano ‘Lettura e lettori in Agostino’ Antiquité Tardive 18 (2010) 151–161.
See Claudia Rapp‘Holy Texts, Holy Men, and Holy Scribes: Aspects of Scriptural Holiness in Late Antiquity,’ in The Early Christian Booked. Klingshirn and Safran (see above n. 6) pp. 194–222 and Douglas Burton-Christie The Word in the Desert: Scripture and the Quest for Holiness in Early Christian Monasticism (Oxford 1993) passim.