Step into the rich, nuanced world of ancient letter writing in this illuminating examination of New Testament epistles within the context of Greco-Roman culture. In "A Journey Through Ancient Letter Writing," delve deep into the technicalities and stylistic elements of this lost art form, and appreciate its tremendous influence on the biblical epistles.
The book begins with a comprehensive exploration of the art and craft of letter writing in antiquity, examining everything from the societal significance of letters to the diverse categories they fall into, and the fascinating materials used for their composition. The journey then leads you to a detailed study of thousands of ancient letters, unlocking invaluable insights and observations about their structure, style, and content.
A dedicated chapter on Paul of Tarsus, the renowned epistolary expert, offers a compelling analysis of the Pauline Epistles, their style, content, and rhetorical techniques. The book also goes beyond the norm, bringing to light New Testament letters that defy conventions and investigating their unique influence on epistolography.
"A Journey Through Ancient Letter Writing" engages deeply with the current state of research, acknowledging key scholars, debates, and contentious issues in the field. It also introduces newly translated letters, unraveling hidden stories and narratives that have far-reaching implications for understanding the New Testament.
The book culminates in an interdisciplinary exploration of letters and the Bible, illustrating how an understanding of ancient letter writing can enrich biblical interpretation. The concluding chapter synthesizes the findings and reflects on the significant role ancient letter writing plays in understanding New Testament letters.
Including useful appendices such as a glossary of terms and a list of papyrus and ostracon letters discussed, this book is an indispensable resource for students of theology, history, classics, and anyone interested in the art of ancient letter writing. "A Journey Through Ancient Letter Writing" invites you on a fascinating exploration, recontextualizing biblical letters and offering fresh insights into the Greco-Roman world.
- Publisher: Christian Publishing House (June 2, 2023)
- Language: English
- Paperback: 172 pages
- ISBN-13: 979-8396921511
- Item Weight: 8.5 ounces
- Dimensions: 6 x 0.39 x 9 inches
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
EDWARD D. ANDREWS (AS in Criminal Justice, BS in Religion, MA in Biblical Studies, and MDiv in Theology) is CEO and President of Christian Publishing House. He has authored over 220+ books. In addition, Andrews is the Chief Translator of the Updated American Standard Version (UASV).