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Paul and First-Century Letter Writing by E. Randolph Richards
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Paul's Oral Letters

This is an excellent scholarly study of the letters of Paul in light of the times and technologies. He reviews all the classical examples from the whole range of ancient Mediterranean writers in various languages, formal, scholarly and popular or informal. He analyzes Paul's formats, syntax and content in light of other letters of the first century before Christ and after Christ.

His analysis and the perspectives from the other sources he cites on letters of the era confirm vibrantly the oral and relational character of letter writing. An important characteristic is that they were written to be read.

They were meant to be oral, not analytical treatises. They were practical and written to represent Paul's presence with the recipients. The oral relational character of the society and of Paul's priorities are overwhelmingly clear.
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January 21, 2016 – Started Reading
January 28, 2016 – Finished Reading
January 3, 2017 – Shelved

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