Iconic books are texts revered as objects of power rather than just as words of instruction, information, or insight. In religious and secular rituals around the globe, people carry, show, wave, touch and kiss books and other texts, as well as read them. This blog chronicles such events and activities. (For more about iconic books, see the links to the Iconic Books Project at left.)

Saturday, May 26, 2007

The Early Christian Book

At last, the papers from the Early Christian Book Conference held at the Catholic University of America in 2002 have been published. Papers that are particularly relevant to early Christian iconic books are Claudia Rapp, "Holy Texts, Holy Men and Holy Scribes: Aspects of Scriptural Holiness in Late Antiquity;" John Lowden, "The Word Made Visible: The Exterior of the Early Christian Book as Visual Argument;" and Caroline Humfress, "Judging by the Book: Christian Codices and Late Antique Legal Culture."

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