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Author: Dirk Baltzly

schools of late antiquity were textual communities in the specific sense of that term introduced by Brian Stock. 38 Stock used this concept as a means of thinking about religious dissenters, heretics and reformers in western Europe in the eleventh century. In his usage of the term, it involves a group (1

In: The International Journal of the Platonic Tradition

collectively shared by textual communities. A discussion of the medieval French vernacular Bible should start with an important caveat: during the late Middle Ages the notions ‘France’ and ‘French’ differed profoundly from modern conceptualisations. The Romance language that later became modern French was

In: Church History and Religious Culture
Author: Tom Thatcher

LITERACY, TEXTUAL COMMUNITIES, AND JOSEPHUS' JEWISH WAR BY TOM THATCHER Cincinnati Bible College and Seminary In 4 B.C.E., two radical rabbis, "experts in the laws of their country", incited a group of young men to destroy the golden eagle which King Herod had installed over the Great Gate of

In: Journal for the Study of Judaism

Marcus Foth, Helen Klaebe and Greg Hearn state that ‘experiential narratives [those that combine public history, art and storytelling] are required to conceptualise and characterise the qualities of the city and to reawaken connection with place.’ However, little attention has been given to location-based narratives in regional areas. The recent development of digital tools that allow users to read narratives in-situ—such as Quick Response (QR) codes and interactive maps—offer new opportunities for engaging with stories of place. This chapter will examine a storytelling project, Fostering Storytelling in the Tropics, which uses digital tools to produce a series of locative narratives, and aims to strengthen reading and writing communities in North Queensland, Australia. As part of a larger project examining how creative writing academics can foster university-community engagement, emerging local writers will compose a series of stories set in specific locations around Townsville, Australia. Readers will use digital tools to read the stories in the location they are set. This chapter will contextualise the project in the initial stages of its development by analysing how locative literature can aid in the development of textual communities: the ‘reading, writing and publishing communities that form around printed texts.’ Participant Action Research methodology offers a framework for understanding how the creative writer-academic can facilitate community building through the use of digital tools.

In: Storying Humanity: Narratives of Culture and Society
Author: Jane Heath

1 Introduction The phrase “textual community” was originally coined by Brian Stock in his study of heretical and reform movements of the 11th and 12th centuries. 1 His immediate concern was with the impact of the rise of literacy in the middle ages, not with the broader question of “scriptural

In: Scriptural Interpretation at the Interface between Education and Religion
This volume of essays focuses on how individuals living in the late tenth through fifteenth centuries engaged with the authorizing culture of the Anglo-Saxons. Drawing from a reservoir of undertreated early English documents and texts, each contributor shows how individual poets, ecclesiasts, legists, and institutions claimed Anglo-Saxon predecessors for rhetorical purposes in response to social, cultural, and linguistic change. Contributors trouble simple definitions of identity and period, exploring how medieval authors looked to earlier periods of history to define social identities and make claims for their present moment based on the political fiction of an imagined community of a single, distinct nation unified in identity by descent and religion.

Contributors are Cynthia Turner Camp, Irina Dumitrescu, Jay Paul Gates, Erin Michelle Goeres, Mary Kate Hurley, Maren Clegg Hyer, Nicole Marafioti, Brian O’Camb, Kathleen Smith, Carla María Thomas, Larissa Tracy, and Eric Weiskott.
Author: Donald Bullough
In this major intellectual biography of Alcuin (d. 804), the most prominent Anglo-Saxon scholar at the court of Charlemagne, Donald Bullough deploys a lifetime's expertise in the study of early medieval manuscripts. Concentrating on Alcuin's early years in Northumbria and then his time at the Carolingian court, Bullough reassesses the chronology of Alcuin's career and writings, assesses his use of patristic and insular writings, and explores the contemporary significance of his large output. At the core of this book lies a fundamental reassessment of the dating of Alcuin's letters: in so doing, it reveals the patterns of intellectual exchange and textual community that characterised the first phase of the Carolingian Renaissance. It thus offers a uniquely detailed and nuanced exploration of the life and ideas of the most influential early medieval scholar.
Author: Rebekah Haigh

as the product of a textual community imbedded in an oral culture. The question at the heart of this paper is one of reception and function. The first part of the paper overviews the performative landscape of the late ancient Mediterranean world, focusing on oral reading practices. After situating 1

In: Dead Sea Discoveries
Author: Mladen Popović

Introduction This article expands my initial approach to the scrolls as material artefacts that point to the activities of a textual community in ancient Judaea, 1 by focusing on reading culture as an aspect of this textual community in its ancient Mediterranean context. On the basis of

In: Dead Sea Discoveries

this essay. The appearance of fragments from Minḥat Yehudah in JTS MS  10774, then, reveals the existence of at least one more copy of this story to add to those already known and it contributes interesting variants. However, it also offers a unique testimony to the textual community that

In: 'His Pen and Ink Are a Powerful Mirror'