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Ancient Manuscripts—The Bible Before It Was the Bible

Season 1: Episode 17
Ancient Manuscripts—The Bible Before It Was the Bible
Date Aired: 03/17/2023

The modern Bible on your bookshelf is the product of centuries of human engagement with really (really!) old texts. Some of the oldest Greek manuscripts of individual books of the New Testament contain “scribbles” in the margins—commentaries, corrections and the occasional doodle. Garrick Allen is fascinated by these“paratexts,”all of the extra stuff in manuscripts that show how ancient readers have shaped the scriptures we have today. We’re thrilled to have Garrick as our special guest for this installment of Biblical Time Machine.

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  • The Biblical Time Machine Podcast is hosted by Helen Bond and Dave Roos. Helen Bond is professor of Christian origins at Edinburgh University. She is the author of Women Remembered: Jesus’s Female Disciples, The First Biography of Jesus: Genre and Meaning in Mark’s Gospel, and The Historical Jesus: A Guide for the Perplexed. Her research focuses on the social and political history of first century Judaea, the historical Jesus and the canonical gospels. Dave Roos is a journalist and writer who contributes to, HowStuffWorks and the popular podcast Stuff You Should Know. Dave has a degree in religious studies from Duke University.