Professor Michael L. Satlow delivered a lecture at Trinity University on January 20, 2016, on the topic, “Who in Antiquity Read the Bible?” The lecture was delivered in the 2016 Lennox Series and Seminar at Trinity University (San Antonio, Texas).
Over the course of a millennium, an odd and disparate collection of ancient Israelite texts were transformed into Scripture, to which both Jews and Christians attributed religious authority. Despite the critical importance of this transformation, it is one that is remains largely shrouded in mystery. To make matters worse, modern scholars are themselves often unclear about what they mean by such key terms as “Scripture,” “authority,” “religious,” and “canon.” In this talk I will suggest a more precise terminology and theoretical model for understanding the development of the Bible and show how this could change our thinking about how, when, and why Scripture came to be.
Michael L. Satlow is the author of various works, including How the Bible Became Holy (Yale University Press, 2015).