Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Forthcoming Festschrift for Harry Gamble

Next month SBL Press has a Festschrift for Harry Gamble coming out. I can’t find a table of contents for it so, if anyone knows what’s in it, let me know in the comments, please. The table of contents is available at the link to Amazon. From the publisher:

A book about the role of books in shaping the ancient religious landscape

This collection of essays by leading scholars from a variety of academic disciplines explores the ongoing relevance of Harry Gamble’s Books and Readers in the Early Church (1995) for the study of premodern book cultures. Contributors expand the conversation of book culture to examine the role the Hebrew Bible, the New Testament, and the Qur’an played in shaping the Jewish, Christian, and Muslim religions in the ancient and medieval world. By considering books as material objects rather than as repositories for stories and texts, the essays examine how new technologies, new materials, and new cultural encounters contributed to these holy books spreading throughout territories, becoming authoritative, and profoundly shaping three global religions.


  • Comparative analysis of book culture in Roman, Jewish, Christian, and Islamic contexts
  • Art-historical, papyrological, philological, and historical modes of analysis
  • Essays that demonstrate the vibrant, ongoing legacy of Gamble’s seminal work


Paperback $32.95
ISBN 9781628372236
Hardcover $47.95
ISBN 9780884143291 


  1. Nor did I find a ToC, though some contributions may be based on papers delivered at this conference:

  2. The TOC is viewable from Amazon's preview feature. I'm happy to send along a screen capture of the TOC, but I don't have time to transcribe it here.

  3. This looks great. Thanks for the heads up.

  4. Maybe not books and readers, but on the subject of blogs and readers, your RSS feed seems to be stuck on 26th September. Any chance you could fix it? Thanks, Hugh

    1. Thank you, Hugh. I had not noticed that. It seems that Feedburner doesn’t like our feed anymore. I’ve had to limit it to only the 5 most recent posts to get the feed itself under the Feedburner’s 1024K filesize limit. If you want to avoid that limit, just use the direct link to the Atom feed that I’ve added to the sidebar under “Subscribe.”

    2. Thanks, Peter: that seems to work.