How To Judge The Bible By Its Cover

How To Judge The Bible By Its Cover March 23, 2021

When it comes to religious texts, the context in which we encounter their words can often be just as important as the meaning behind them. At the University of Glasgow, Dr. Garrick Allen and his team are researching the way paratexts—or all the aesthetic features of a book beyond the main text itself, such as the binding, font, illustrations, or even cover—impact the way we absorb what we read. In this video, his team explores a 12thcentury Byzantine Gospel codex to discover how the details of its material appearance influence the reading of the text.

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