Paul and First-Century Letter Writing Secretaries, Composition and Collection

ISBN-10: 0830827889
ISBN-13: 9780830827886
Edition: 2004
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Book details

List price: $24.00
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
Publication date: 11/22/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 252
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

Traditional Christian art depicts Paul the letter writer, pen in hand, attentive to the Spirit. We might think we know better and imagine him pacing in agitation as he rapidly dictates to a secretary his letter to the Galatians. But in reality neither of these pictures is accurate.In Paul's day, producing a letter was a time-consuming and costly business. And we have ample resources from the ancient world to piece together what it must have been like. A secretary was usually part of the picture. But so were notes, drafts, corrections and careful rewrites, not to speak of scratchy pens, sooty ink and coarse papyrus. Interestingly, there is evidence that Paul involved his missionary team in the writing of letters. And then came the delivery over land and sea, the reading and circulation, as well as the epistolary afterlife of copying, collecting and storing.E. Randolph Richards has extensively studied ancient letter writing and secretaries. Informed by the historical evidence and with a sharp eye for telltale clues in Paul's letters, he takes us into this world and places us on the scene with Paul the letter writer. What first appears to be just a study of secretaries and stationery turns out to be an intriguing glimpse of Paul the letter writer that overthrows our preconceptions and offers a new perspective on how this important portion of Christian Scripture came to be.

E. Randolph Richards (M.Div. and Ph.D., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary) is dean of the School of Ministry and professor of biblical studies at Palm Beach Atlantic University in West Palm Beach, Florida. He has frequently served as an interim or "supply" pastor, and from 1988 to 1996 he was a missionary with the International Mission Board, SBC, stationed in East Indonesia. His scholarly articles have appeared in Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society, Southwestern Journal of Theology, Bulletin for Biblical Research and Biblical Illustrator. He is coauthor of Discovering Paul: An Introduction to His World, Letters and Theology and The Story of Israel: A Biblical Theology. He is the author of Paul and First-Century Letter Writing and The Secretary in the Letters of Paul in the Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament series.

Preface
Abbreviations
Introduction
A Modern, Western Paul
Paul as a First-Century Letter Writer
The Tools of a Letter Writer
Secretaries in the First-Century World
Paul's Use of a Secretary
Identifying Inserted Material
Weaving Together a Letter
Classifying Paul's Letters
Analyzing Paul's Writing Style
Preparing a Letter for Dispatch
Dispatching the Letter
Paul's Letter Carriers
Paul's Use of His Letter Carriers
Collecting Paul's Letters
Inspiration and First-Century Letter Writing
Conclusion
Bibliography
Modern Authors Index
Subject Index
Scripture Index

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