Publications

Forthcoming
Letteney, Mark, and AJ Berkovitz. “Authority in Contemporary Historiography.” In Beyond Authority: Composition and Transmission in Late Antiquity, Forthcoming.
Letteney, Mark, and Matthew D. C. Larsen. “Why do Christians prefer the codex? Generic materiality and early gospel traditions” (Forthcoming).
Letteney, Mark. “Authenticity and Authority: the case for dismantling a dubious correlation.” In Beyond Authority: Composition and Transmission in Late Antiquity, Forthcoming.
Letteney, Mark, and AJ Berkovitz, ed. Beyond Authority: Composition and Transmission in Late Antiquity, Forthcoming.Abstract

This book arose out of papers presented at a conference of the same name held at Princeton University in May, 2016. The conference aimed to bring together a group of scholars working in the field of late antique Judaism and Christianity for a three day discussion on the place of “authority” in contemporary historiography, and to suggest new methods and avenues which sidestepped some of the problematic features of “authority” as it is used by scholars today. As organizers of the conference, we chose to bring together scholars who had been thinking about these issues within three broad categories: authorship, law, and transmission. Without offering a clear statement of what it would mean to move “beyond authority” in subsequent work, we asked attendants to discuss the history of “authority” in each historiographical discourse, including both the problems that the category solved and the problems that it introduced.  The resulting book speaks to different approaches and different assessments of the usefulness of “authority” as an explanatory framework through which late ancient history may be understood. The solutions are variegated, but the problem is agreed. 

2016
Letteney, Mark. “Toward a New Scribal Tendency: Reciprocal Corruptions and the Text of 1 Corinthians 8:2–3.” Journal of Biblical Literature 135, no. 2 (2016): 391-404. Online AccessAbstract

This article demonstrates that there are strong intrinsic and transcriptional grounds to posit the priority of the “shorter text” of 1 Cor 8:2–3 and explores the grounds for the longer text’s appearance in the context of a developing early Christian interest in divine reciprocity in love and knowledge.