Special Issue "Titles, Paratexts, and Manuscript Communication: Jewish and Christian Literature in Material Context"
A special issue of Religions (ISSN 2077-1444).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 June 2022 | Viewed by 1336
Interests: apocalyptic literature; early Judaism; manuscripts studies; New Testament; textual transmission
Paratexts (e.g., inscriptions and subscriptions, coronides and illustrations, colophons, and corrections) offer a rich body of information embedded within manuscripts that is not immediately available to scholars who engage these traditions through the medium of the critical edition. As manuscripts containing the works of the New Testament have often been put to use to reconstruct an “original” text, this crucial paratextual content has not always been valued beyond text-critical reconstruction—or has been devalued as “misinformation.” The purpose of this Special Issue is to examine the role that paratextuality plays in the material transmission of early Jewish and Christian literature, extending existing scholarly engagement with these manuscripts by emphasising that paratexts are not just marginal features: They are a crucial aspect in the reception and transmission of these ancient texts.
This Special Issue is directly related to the Titles of the New Testament: A New Approach to Manuscripts and the History of Interpretation (TiNT) project funded by the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (grant agreement n° 847428). As such, we welcome contributions that engage the paratextual features (especially titles and titular formulations in all their forms) of early Jewish and Christian manuscripts. How does titular attribution change over time for a given work? What does this say about how the work was interpreted in a given context? How have certain paratextual features influenced a work’s reception? What implications regarding canonicity and authority can be gleaned from paratextual information? You may choose to narrow your focus to one key feature of a single manuscript or to more broadly analyse a paratextual feature across multiple manuscripts.
Dr. Garrick V. Allen
Dr. Kelsie G. Rodenbiker
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- history of interpretation
- titular traditions
- textual transmission
- reception history