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Verbum et Ecclesia

On-line version ISSN 2074-7705
Print version ISSN 1609-9982

Verbum Eccles. (Online) vol.30 n.2 Pretoria  2009 



'I am writing this with my own hand...': Writing in New Testament times



Pieter J.J. Botha

Department of New Testament and Early Christian Studies, University of South Africa, South Africa





When the New Testament and early Christian writings are considered as situated, culturally mediated and historically functional events, the pitfall of a binary contrast between literacy and orality should be avoided. Focus should be on the physical and experiential aspects of ancient writing. Discussions of posture, education, cost and the amount of time involved in physical writing in Greco-Roman times are concluded by an analysis of the disposition of subservience that surrounded writing.

Keywords: writing; New Testament; literacy; orality; authorship



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Pieter Botha
Department of New Testament and Early Christian Studies
PO Box 392
Pretoria, Gauteng, 0003
South Africa

Received: 03 Aug. 2009
Accepted: 30 Sept. 2009
Published: 16 Dec. 2009

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