Chapter 17. Textual Communities in Late Antique Christianity

  1. Philip Rousseau
  1. Kim Haines-Eitzen Associate Professor Chair

Published Online: 9 MAR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444306101.ch17

A Companion to Late Antiquity

A Companion to Late Antiquity

How to Cite

Haines-Eitzen, K. (2009) Textual Communities in Late Antique Christianity, in A Companion to Late Antiquity (ed P. Rousseau), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444306101.ch17

Editor Information

  1. Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Early Christian Studies, The Catholic University of America, USA

Author Information

  1. Department of Near Eastern Studies, Cornell University, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 9 MAR 2009
  2. Published Print: 30 JAN 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405119801

Online ISBN: 9781444306101



  • Late Antique Christian textual communities;
  • orality, literacy, and education;
  • authority of written word;
  • early and late antique Christianity - material remains of early Christian books;
  • great majuscule biblical manuscripts – Codex Sinaiticus (fourth century), Codex Alexandrinus (fifth century);
  • extant sixty miniature codices from antiquity;
  • extant amulets inscribed with Christian texts;
  • Christianity displaying particular reverence for the written word


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Orality, Literacy, and Education

  • Authority of the Written Word

  • Christian Books: Form and Function

  • Conclusions

  • Bibliographical Note