This post is part of an ongoing series formulating a methodology for tracking and understanding the variety of ways in which early Christians received and utilized Scripture.
The Four Evangelists (Book of Kells)
Memory: The scarcity and bulkiness of texts in the ancient world are often taken to suggest that many texts were accessed via memory. When considering instances of potential textual connectivity, the chief question raised by the consideration of memory is whether or not an author needed to have a text in front of them to think of their recall as literary dependence. For instance, numerous scholars do not find it necessary to presume that Ignatius of Antioch had immediate access to the sources he was citing in his letters. Additionally problematic is the fact that recalling texts from memory tends to adapt information to known schemata, change details using serial memory, and…
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