Writing the Bible: Scribes, Scribalism and Script
Edited by Philip R. Davies and Thomas Römer (Durham: Acumen, 2013)
These studies relate to the role of textuality in largely oral societies. It is assumed that very few people were literate in ancient times and that texts were written to be used by a relatively small group of people. Texts are understood as social artifacts that emerge from social contexts and function within social contexts. Attention is given to how literate scribes function within their societies and how they write, revise, and transmit texts, as well as to the relationship between oral and written communication and the people involved in the communication process, including those who produce texts and those who read or listen to texts.