Corpora. Christians copied, read and taught from books and used them in great numbers. They were made to be easily read in public.
I. What does it mean to say that the early church had a culture of textuality?
a. Look at patristic citations to see which books the church had received as canon.
b. Manuscripts that the early church left behind.
i. Manuscripts tell us which books were popular.
ii. They used a distinctive book format
II. There is not an example of the 4 canonical gospels with an apocryphal gospel.
a. How the writings are grouped into books is significant
III. What affect did the frequency of public reading have on canon?
a. The books were written to be easily read, not to put on display.