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The focus of the Workshop will be the quite recent publication: The Scriptural Universe of Ancient Christianity (HUP; 2016) by Guy Stroumsa. This book argues that the passage of texts from scroll to codex created a revolution in the religious life of late antiquity. The codex permitted a mode of religious transmission across vast geographical areas, as sacred texts and commentaries circulated in book translations within and beyond Roman borders. Thus, the codex played a decisive role in the Roman Empire’s conversion to Christianity and eventually enabled the worldwide spread of Christian faith. Furthermore, the book describes how canonical scripture was established and how scriptural interpretation replaced blood sacrifice as the central element of religious ritual.

This Workshop will discuss themes related to the emergence of a new "book culture" and its importance and possibly also transformative role in the shaping and dissemination of religious ideas, its influence on ritual and religious experience, production and distribution of books and manuscripts in the various religious traditions of the Mediterranean in Late Antiquity and beyond.

Guy G. Stroumsa. Photo: ©Wissenschaftskolleg.


Frédéric Brusi (Stockholm)
Barbara Crostini (Uppsala)
Emmanouela Grypeou (Stockholm)
Peter Jackson (Stockholm)
Paul Linjamaa (Lund)
Justin Meggitt (Cambridge)
Dan Nässelqvist (Lund)
Jørgen Podemann Sørensen (Copenhagen)
Einar Thomassen (Bergen)
Alexandros Tsakos (Bergen)
Witold Witakowski (Uppsala)
and Guy Stroumsa (Jerusalem/Oxford)

Please contact for registration of attendance:
Emmanouela Grypeou,