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Christian Oxyrhynchus
Texts, Documents, and Sources

Edited by Lincoln H. Blumell and Thomas A. Wayment

Christian Oxyrhynchus
Paperback, 778 pages $79.95
Published: 1st January 2018
ISBN: 9781602585409
Format: 9in x 6in

Hardback, 778 pages $99.95
Published: 1st January 2018
ISBN: 9781481309264
Format: 9in x 6in

Subjects: Ancient History & Archaeology, Church History

Blumell and Wayment present a thorough compendium of all published papyri, parchments, and patristic sources that relate to Christianity at Oxyrhynchus before the fifth century CE. Christian Oxyrhynchus provides new and expanded editions of Christian literary and documentary texts that include updated readings, English translations––some of which represent the first English translation of a text––and comprehensive notes.  

The volume features New Testament texts carefully collated against other textual witnesses and a succinct introduction for each Oxyrhynchus text that provides information about the date of the papyrus, its unique characteristics, and textual variants. Documentary texts are grouped both by genre and date, giving readers access to the Decian Libelli, references to Christians in third- and fourth-century texts, and letters written by Christians. A compelling resource for researchers, teachers, and students, Christian Oxyrhynchus enables broad access to these crucial primary documents beyond specialists in papyrology, Greek, Latin, and Coptic.

I. Introduction


II. Christian Literary Papyri from Oxyrhynchus

New Testament Texts

Extracanonical Texts

Other Christian Literary Texts


III. Documentary Papyri and Christianity at Oxyrhynchus

Decian Libelli

Christian References in Third-Century Documentary Texts

Christian References in Fourth-Century Documentary Texts

Letters Written by Christians from the Third and Fourth Centuries


IV. Patristic, Coptic, and Other Sources on Christians and Christianity at Oxyrhynchus



Scripture and Ancient Sources Index

Manuscript Index

Subject Index

“A handy and helpful publication, which can be used not only for teaching purposes, but also for introducing Oxyrhynchus and its papyri to readers from various disciplines.”

—Robert Mazza, The Bulletin of the American Society of Papyrologists

"...Blumell and Wayment are to be congratulated for an impressive achievement: a much-needed resource, highly detailed and accurately executed. Anyone who has endured the constant searching and sifting of volume after volume of the Oxyrhynchus library will recognize immediately the value and conveience of this collection. In all, Christian Oxyrhynchus fills a glaring gap with an excellent and eminently useful tool for scholars as well as students who are interested in early Christianity, its people, and its texts."

—Zachary J. Cole, Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society

"Blumell and Wayment are competent and conscientious editors. We thank them for the results of their labours, which should bring these texts to an audience wider than that served by the original publications."

Novum Testamentum

Christian Oxyrhynchus is a marvelous resource for scholars and students alike. The volume collects not only the fragments of texts that eventually became part of the ‘New Testament’ but also a wealth of extracanonical Christian texts, hymns, prayers, tractates, and amulets that constituted the library of knowledge that Oxyrhynchite Christians had in the second to the fourth centuries C.E. Taken together, these form a rich dossier, illustrating the complexion and contours of Christianity at this important Egyptian city.”

—John S. Kloppenborg, F.R.S.C., Chair and Professor, Department for the Study of Religion, University of Toronto

"This important new collection forms an indispensable aid to research on early Christian Egypt, and will serve as the basis for the next generation of work on Christianity in Oxyrhynchus".

—Malcolm Choat, Associate Professor, Department of Ancient History, Macquarie University

"A treasure trove! This book will serve as a rich resource both for teaching and for original research on a formative period in the history of early Christianity with firsthand documents from a known provenance. I am sure it will stimulate and generate new research on this important site and its Christian population. I recommend it warmly.”

—AnneMarie Luijendijk, Chair and Professor, Department of Religion, Princeton University

"This is an exceptionally useful volume…The material presented here will enrich understanding of the life and concerns of this significant early Christian community.

—Paul Foster, Expository Times

“For the first time ever, Lincoln Blumell and Thomas Wayment provide a collection of literary and documentary witnesses to early Christianity from a late ancient town in Upper Egypt. Students and scholars alike will profit from the meticulous and scrutinizing work of collecting this mass of papyri from the second to the fourth century.”

—Thomas J. Kraus, University of Zurich, Switzerland

"This volume is sure to stimulate further investigation into the social, economic, and religious lives of Christians in Oxyrhynchus".

—Geoffrey S. Smith, Review of Biblical Literature

Lincoln H. Blumell is Associate Professor in the Department of Ancient Scripture at Brigham Young University.

Thomas A. Wayment is Professor of Ancient Scripture at Brigham Young University.

Harvey B. and Susan Easton Black Outstanding Publication Award in Ancient Scripture - 2016 - - Winner

Publication Details:

 Paperback , 778 pages
 9in x 6in

 Hardback , 778 pages
 9in x 6in

  HIS002020, HIS009000, REL015000, REL072000, REL108020
 Baylor University Press

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