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    DescriptionTraditional 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.


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    Title
    Paul and First-century Letter Writing
    Subtitle
    Secretaries, Composition, and Collection
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Professor E Randolph Richards
    Physical properties
    Format: Microfilm
    Number of pages: 252
    Width: 164 mm
    Height: 228 mm
    Thickness: 19 mm
    Weight: 386 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780830827886
    ISBN 10: 0830827889
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: REL
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: TP028
    Ingram Spring Arbor Market: Y
    Ingram Theme: RELI/CHRIST
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T6.2
    B&T Merchandise Category: REL
    B&T General Subject: 690
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25440
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    Ingram Theme: THEO/ACADEM, CHRN/ANCIEN
    BISAC V2.8: REL015000, HIS002020
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 35
    ECPA Christian Book Category: CHMCHLCHS
    Ingram Subject Code: RLVH
    Libri: I-RLVH
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002000
    ECPA Christian Book Category: BSTBIBBHS, BSTBNTPAU
    BISAC V2.8: REL006100
    ECPA Christian Book Category: BSTBIBEXE
    BISAC V2.8: REL006400
    BIC subject category V2: HRCF2
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 227.067
    BISAC V2.8: REL006000, REL006220
    LC subject heading: , ,
    DC22: 227/.067
    LC classification: BS2650.52 .R53 2004
    Thema V1.0: QRMF1, QRVC, QRAX, NHC, QRMF13
    Edition statement
    New ed.
    Publisher
    InterVarsity Press
    Imprint name
    Inter-Varsity Press,US
    Publication date
    01 November 2004
    Publication City/Country
    Illinois
    Review quote
    "For those who want an over-the-shoulder look into Paul's world, this is the book. Richards guides the reader with a sure hand, sifting through a wide array of ancient texts and artifacts to reconstruct an engaging picture of Paul's letter writing. But there are bonus features: one also learns about life in the city and marketplace; travel by land and sea; customs at home, school, and in the company of friends; and a host of other topics. Rarely does a book this size offer so many insights, sometimes challenging common opinion but always illuminating. This treasure trove, written in readable style with eye-catching pages, will attract students of Paul and Greco-Roman history again and again."--Dr. Bruce Corley, President and Professor of New Testament and Greek, B. H. Carroll Theological Institute