1st Edition

Teachers and Texts in the Ancient World Philosophers, Jews and Christians

By H. Greg Snyder Copyright 2000
    342 Pages
    by Routledge

    352 Pages
    by Routledge

    Teachers and Texts in the Ancient World presents a comprehensive and accessible survey of religious and philosophical teaching and classroom practices in the ancient world. H. Gregory Snyder synthesizes a wide range of ancient evidence and modern scholarship to address such questions as how the literary practices of Jews and Christians compared to the literary practices of the philosophical schools and whether Christians were particularly noteworthy for their attatchment to scripture.
    Teachers and Texts in the Ancient World will be of interest to students of classics, ancient history, the early Christian world and Jewish studies.

    1. 'Not the subjects of a despot': Stoics 'Things Handed Down to Us': Re-presented Texts 'See How Well I Read': Texts in Use Musonius Epictetus Seneca Cornutus 2. 'Salvation Through Each Other': Epicureans A few Books Between Friends: The Collection and Distribution of Written Texts Snakes in the garden: Pseudepigraphy and textual Criticism Veritas, Brevitas: Epitomes Most 'Scruciating Idle: The Use (and Non-Use) of books The Rhetoric of Stone: The inscription of Diogenes of Oenoanda 3. A Library Lost and Found: Peripatetics Aristotle Redux: Andronicus Jots and Tittles: Pseudepigraphy, textual Criticism, and Corpus Organization Commentaries Simple and Complex Pseudo-Aristotelians at word: Epitomes and Paraphrases It was Discussed: texts in Use 4. Books Beneath a Plane Tree: Platonists Arranging according to Wisdom: Strategies for Reading Readers By Themselves: Commentary Cliff Notes Meets Timaeus : Epitomes and Handbooks 'For Three Days': Texts in Use 5. Jewish and Christian Groups Part 1 Laws Transcendent and Dazzling: Philo of Alexandria 'A Continuous Flood of Instruction': Philo the Teacher Part 2: Books Among the Sons of Light: Qumran The Community 'The Interpretation Concerns...': Pesher Commentary Targum: Translating Scripture Texts: 'At Home and Away': Abbreviations and Anthologies 'How Lovely are Her Eyes': Re-Presented Bible 'All Night Long': Study in Contexts at Qumran Why So Much Writing at Qumran? Part 3. Texts and Text-Brokers: Judaism in Palestine Of Young Girls and Virgins: Translating the Bible (Greek) 'His Eyes Were Not Red': Translating the Bible (Aramaic) 'Dew From the Ice of Paradise': Re-presented Bible 'Find, Open, Read, Observe': Texts in Use Textual Experts: Scribes Part 4. 'Unless Someone Guides Me': Christian Groups The Demands of Performance and the Form of Texts 'As When Present, So When Absent:' Paul as Teacher and Text-Broker 'Not as Teacher': The Epistle of Barnabas as Anthology and Commentary Christians and the Codex Conclusions General Conclusions Teachers and texts: A Model Appendix 1: What Did Thaumasius Want?


    H. Greg Snyder

    '...the study as a whole is richly suggestive and highly recommended.' - Gerald F. Downing, Theological Book Review

    'Snyder has written a detailed, erudite and comprehensive work that explores the use of texts in teaching settings in a wide spectrum of the ancient world.' - Robert M. Royalty, Jr, BKT Assistant Professor of Religion, Wabash College, Indiana, Reviews in Religion and Theology

    'Snyder is a careful and meticulous scholar whose command of the ancient literature is impressive ... Snyder has materially advanced our knowledge of how Greeks, Romans, Jews, and early Christians actually interacted with and treated their texts.' - Elizabeth DePalma Digeser, Journal of Religious History