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Bibil Identifier bibil:156749
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Named Letter-Carriers among the Oxyrhynchus Papyri
Author Head, Peter M.
Journal Journal for the Study of the New Testament (Volume: 31, Issue: 3)
Year (Publication) 2009
Year (Copyright) 2009
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2009
Year (Reference) 2009
Language English
Pages 279-299 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract This paper analyses the role played by named letter-carriers among Greek personal letters in the Oxyrhynchus papyri as possible background for Pauline practice, and within the context of recent proposals concerning the role of the letter-carriers within Pauline practice. Around forty letters are discussed, with three examples analysed in more depth (P.Oxy. 113; P.Oxy. 3313; P.Oxy. 3505). It is seen that, when named and identified within the letter, the letter-carrier frequently supplements the written communication with some oral supplement. Against some recent proposals no evidence is found in support of the view that the letter-carrier ever read the letter itself to the recipient.
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Graeco-Roman World : Literature - Philosophy : Documentary Papyri
Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Near East : Egypt : History and Civilization : Roman Period
Thesaurus BiBIL : Books of the New Testament : Letters of Paul
Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Christianity : Themes : Co-workers of Paul
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