This past month has been a bit of a roller coaster. I released my new book, Fragments of Christianity: Fragmentary Witnesses to Early Christian Liturgies, Hymns, Homilies, and Prayers. Thrilled for it to finally be available! You can purchase (or even just “Look Inside”) at Amazon ($24.95).
Shortly after that, it was family vacation to the beach. (And we all know how much “vacation” happens with family vacation and three kids aged 4-14.) It was also our 15th wedding anniversary. Then I broke a bone in my right hand, so life slowed down a bit while I figured out how to function in a world where I’m typing at a computer for most of the day (and researching/writing in the evenings). In the middle of all of that got some great news on an editing/writing project that has been simmering for awhile but looks like it will proceed. (More news on that whenever a contract happens.)
But back to Fragments of Christianity. It includes transcriptions, translations, and brief discussion of 36 early (dated in the 5th century or before in a published source) fragmentary papyri. I sifted through many more papyri (all of the draft transcription and translations are on my “Stuff Early Christians Read” github repo) so maybe there’s a follow-up volume sometime down the road. The 36 papyri included in the book, however, are really cool (of course) but also useful.
This particlar project “clicked” when I realized that these aren’t simply texts randomly saved from the ravages of time. They are witnesses to the people who used them. They are a tangible link to the Christianity practiced (good, bad, and ugly) 1600-1800 years ago and the people who practiced it.
They are incredible, and they are worth our reading and study. You should check them out.
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Neither Amazon nor Logos have preview or Look Inside sample pages for this book. 😦
Thanks for letting me know; I was aware that Logos did not have any previews (not sure why), but Amazon is a surprise. Can you check Amazon again (here? https://www.amazon.com/Fragments-Christianity-Fragmentary-Witnesses-Christian/dp/B09914G5F6 ) because when I go there, Iook inside is available. If there are specific things you want to look at, feel free to email me, my first name at faith life dot com. Also, transcriptions and draft forms of the fragment translations are available at https://rickbrannan.github.io/StuffEarlyChristiansRead/data/html/ (plus many more that were not included in the volume).
Haven’t checked on my PC but going to that link my iPhone still shows no Look Inside, whether using Safari or the Amazon app.
I can see Look Inside at Amazon using my desktop PC, though. I guess Amazon failed to do that to the mobile phone view.