Judging by the Book: Christian Codices and Late Antique Legal Culture


SELF-IDENTITY In symbolic sense, Gospel books were books of Jesus Christ



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SELF-IDENTITY In symbolic sense, Gospel books were books of Jesus Christ par excellence; used to differentiate between Jewish and Christian identity
C/H refers to widespread cultural phenomenon, that of “…ascribing identity through deliberate choice of possessing a collection of particular books”
Notion that “identity” could be constructed by mere possession of particular “books”

(? SCROLLS) was not new: In late 2nd century, Sophist Lucian lampooned “ignorant book collectors” who thought mere possession of “handsome volumes” guaranteed place among social elite
C/H refers to identity differences between Jews and Christians as being made “…materially concrete” in the presence of the book of Gospels
CAN JUSTINIAN’S INSISTENCE ON PARTICULAR USE OF GOSPELS IN LEGAL CONTEXTS BE UNDERSTOOD IN OTHER INSTANCES ?



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