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The History of the Book in the Biblical Era

About This Benefit Lecture

The Bible is a collection of books. To most, this won’t be a surprise. We flip through the pages and chapters of our Bible reading the names of the various books, many of which bear the names of their attributed ancient authors. But how did the Bible come to be a collection of "books," and what do we know about books and book culture in the Biblical world? In this lecture, Brian Donnelly-Lewis will talk about the technology of writing in the years of the Bible, the tools of the trade and the contexts in which books were held and used. Tracing the transformation of book culture, we can see the deep impact that writing and reading had on the Bible until this day.


This Benefit Lecture will take place on Saturday, June 21, 2024, from 11:00am-12:00pm (UTC -05:00; New York City Time).

Brian Donnelly-Lewis
Brian is a Ph.D. Candidate in Hebrew Bible at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Matthew Dereck
Director of Courses
In addition to working as Director of Courses, Matthew also serves as Program Coordinator at Camp Shamineau in Motley, MN. He graduated from Moody Bible Institute - Spokane in 2018 with a degree in Biblical Studies and from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2021 with a degree in Theology.
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