God’s Library

So, it has been about a year since I started this blog. At that time, I was in the midst of finishing my last revisions to the manuscript of my book, and in my first posting, I described the blog as an outgrowth of this book project:

“I’ve just completed a book on that topic (God’s Library: The Archaeology of the Earliest Christian Manuscripts), which is due out next year. This was a really fun book to write. While researching it over the last few years, I encountered so many fascinating stories about Christian manuscripts (and the people who study them!). So, I’m planning on using this site primarily to share some of these interesting, entertaining, and just plain strange stories.”

I’ve still got lots of stories to tell, so the blog will go on. But in the meantime, but I’m happy to report that I received my author copies of the book today:

Nongbri Books

It’s wonderful to see the finished product. It contains a number of pictures, maps, charts, etc., and they look fantastic: So, a huge thanks to the production team at Yale University Press. And without repeating everything in the acknowledgements: Thanks also to everyone who has helped out with this process over the last eight years–answering questions, offering criticism and advice, and generally being supportive! I’m so grateful to all of you.

The publisher’s page for the book is here. The official publication date is 21 August, and the book can be ordered on amazon and all the usual book-selling sites.

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7 Responses to God’s Library

  1. Jeff Cate says:

    Looking forward to your book, Brent. Fwiw, it’s featured on the top of the back cover of the program book this week in Helsinki for the International Meeting of SBL. Wish I knew how to post a pic.

  2. Maybe during a Sabbatical I will get to read this book. It looks like a great contribution to its field.

  3. Geoff Hudson says:

    Brent, is the title of your book God’s Library a little presumtuous in that the early Christian manuscripts that you deal with are generally from Egypt. Yet the codex appears to have been used first in Rome. But there seems to be a dearth of early Roman Christian manuscripts. How do you account for that?

    • Everything I do is “a little presumptuous.” 😉
      Most of our surviving manuscripts come from Egypt because the dry climate there is conducive to the preservation of material like papyrus and parchment. The climate in Rome is much less ideal for the preservation of such materials.

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