Friday, March 02, 2012

The use of the Bible in ancient Greek inscriptions

BIBLICAL EXEGESIS AND ANCIENT EPIGRAPHY—a good combination as far as I'm concerned.
Biblical Citations in Greek, Jewish, and Christian Inscriptions of the Graeco-Roman World*

By Ekaterini G. Tsalampouni (Bible and Interpretation)
Lecturer on the New Testament
Faculty of Theology
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, GR
March 2012
Although the biblical citations in Greek, Jewish, and Christian inscriptions are a rather marginal practice within the Jewish and Christian epigraphy, they offer valuable insights into the “Sitz im Leben” of Jewish and Christian communities and their interaction in Graeco-Roman and Late Antiquity. They remain expressions of personal piety and community self-affirmation, monuments of the way ancient Jewish and Christian communities understood and adapted their scriptures in their personal and communal lives.