Getty Villa, Malibu Replication of "Villa of the Papyri" in Herculaneum

Getty Villa, Malibu
Replication of “Villa of the Papyri” in Herculaneum

Lincoln H. Blumell is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Ancient Scripture at Brigham Young University. He completed his Ph.D. at the University of Toronto in the Department for the Study of Religion in 2009. He also holds a M.St. from the University of Oxford (Christ Church) and an M.A. and BA (Hons.) from the University of Calgary. His research focus is Christianity in the Roman and Byzantine periods with a special emphasis on Christianity in Egypt and Greek and Coptic papyrology and epigraphy. 

Forthcoming Book

P.BYU I. Didymus the Blind’s Commentary on Psalms 26:10-29:2 and 36:1-3. Turnhout: Brepols (FALL 2017).

The publication of this important material is long overdue and has been delayed on account of a number of circumstances. Nevertheless, due to the determination and persistence of various individuals, this important material has now come to see the light of day. These important papyri will not only further illuminate the biblical exegesis of Didymus the Blind, the famous Alexandrian exegete of the late fourth-century, but will also offer new insights into late antique Christianity, education, and scribal practice and literary production. In comparison to the previously published editions of Didymus’ Commentary on Psalms, the present edition is somewhat expanded and includes detailed notes and commentary as well as a diplomatic transcription in addition to the articulated transcription of the text. It is hoped that these additional features will aid the reader of this text and enrich the volume as a whole.

Published Books

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Christian Oxyrhynchus: Texts, Documents, and Sources (Second through Fourth Centuries). Baylor University Press, 2015; xxi + 778 pp. co-authored with Thomas A. Wayment)

Blumell and Wayment present a thorough compendium of all published papyri, parchments, and patristic sources that relate to Christianity at Oxyrhynchus before the fifth century CE.  Christian Oxyrhynchus provides new and expanded editions of Christian literary and documentary texts that include updated readings, English translations––some of which represent the first English translation of a text––and comprehensive notes.

This volume features New Testament texts carefully collated against other textual witnesses and a succinct introduction for each Oxyrhynchus text that provides information about the date of the papyrus, its unique characteristics, and textual variants. Documentary texts are grouped both by genre and date, giving readers access to the Decian Libelli, references to Christians in third- and fourth-century texts, and letters written by Christians. A compelling resource for researchers, teachers, and students, Christian Oxyrhynchus enables broad access to these crucial primary documents beyond specialists in papyrology, Greek, Latin, and Coptic.” (Back Cover)

Lettered Christians: Christians, Letters, and Late Antique Oxyrhynchus. New Testament Tools, Studies and Documents 39. Leiden/Boston: Brill, 2012. vxi + 437 pp.

With the discovery of the Oxyrhynchus Papyri just over a century ago a number of important texts directly relating to ancient Christianity have come to light. While certain literary texts have received considerable attention in scholarship by comparison the documentary evidence relating to Christianity has received far less attention and remains rather obscure. To help redress this imbalance, and to lend some context to the Christian literary materials, this book examines the extant Christian epistolary remains from Oxyrhynchus between the third and seventh centuries CE. Drawing upon this unique corpus of evidence, which until this point has never been collectively nor systematically treated, this book breaks new ground as it employs the letters to consider various questions relating to Christianity in the Oxyrhynchite. Not only does this lucid study fill a void in scholarship, it also gives a number of insights that have larger implications on Christianity in late antiquity.

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