Ancient Letters and the New Testament: A Guide to Context and Exegesis

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Practical Realities—
Paper and Postal Systems

A. Writing Materials and Procedures

Bibliography 12: H. Blanck,Das Buch in der Antike, Beck’s Archäologische Bibliothek (Munich 1992). – T. Dorandi and J. Quack, “Papyrus I. Material,” DNP 9 (2000) 298–99 (English version forthcoming in BNP). – H. Hunger, “Antikes und mittelalterliches Buch- und Schriftwesen,” in idem, et al., Die Textüberlieferung der antiken Literatur und der Bibel, dtv Wissenschaftliche Reihe 4176 (Munich 21975) 25–147. – A. Lemaire, “Writing and Writing Materials,” ABD 6 (1992) 999–1008, esp. 1001–4. – N. Lewis, Papyrus in Classical Antiquity (Oxford 1974). – idem, Papyrus in Classical Antiquity: A Supplement, Papyrologica Bruxellensia 23 (Brussels 1989). – H. Maehler, “Books, Greek and Roman” and “Papyrology, Greek,” OCD3 (2003) 249–52; 1109–11. – J. Murphy-O’Connor, Paul (Bib. 4) 1–37. – R. Parkinson and S. Quirke, Papyrus, Egyptian Bookshelf (Austin, Tex. 1995). – P. J. Parsons, “Background: The Papyrus Letter,” Didactica Classica Gandensia 20 (1980) 3–19. – H. Ragab, Le Papyrus (Cairo: Dr. Ragab Papyrus Institute, 1980). – E. R. Richards, Secretary (Bib. 4) 15–127. – W. Roberts, History (Bib. 2) 9–34. – O. Roller, Formular (Bib. 4) 4–46. – J. L. White, Light from Ancient Letters (Bib. 1) 213–17. – K. Ziegler, “Kalamos 2,” KlPauly 3:53. – Literature on papyrology in Bib. 6.

With the Apion letters we have already spoken of the front and back sides of a papyrus sheet, of the string of papyrus fibers that cuts through the letters of the outside address, and of the instructions for the delivery of the letter. The letters of the elder add a further reference to paper, ink, and pen. We therefore take this opportunity to investigate more thoroughly the production of letters in antiquity and the possibilities for conveying them.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Preface vii
  • Abbreviations ix
  • General Bibliographies xix
  • List of Bibliographies xxix
  • List of Exercises xxxiii
  • Introduction 1
  • 1 - Foundations—Two Letters of Apion and Two Letters of the [Elder] 9
  • 2 - Practical Realities— Paper and Postal Systems 43
  • 3 - Nonliterary and Diplomatic Correspondence 67
  • 4 - Poetry and Philosophy—Literary Letters 103
  • 5 - Epistolary and Rhetorical Theory 183
  • 6 - Letters in Early Judaism 229
  • 7 - New Testament Letters I: Overview 299
  • 8 - New Testament Letters Ii: Selected Texts 355
  • Epilogue 435
  • Answer Key 445
  • Index of Ancient Sources 471
  • Index of Authors 481
  • Index of Subjects 495
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