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Bibil Identifier bibil:211616
Publication Type Article of book
Title (English, Long) Is P.Oxy. XLII 3057 the Earliest Christian Letter?
Author Blumell, Lincoln H.
Edited book Early Christian Manuscripts
Year (Reference) 2010
Language English
Pages 97-113 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract When P.Oxy. XLII 3057 was first published in 1974 the editor, Peter Parsons, tentatively raised the possibility that it may have been written by a Christian since it contained a number of peculiarities that could have derived from a Christian milieu. Due to the fact Parsons dated this letter to the late first century it initially attracted some interest. However, given that many of the apparently "Christian" features of the letter were later judged to be rather ambiguous, it did not receive much attention as a source for early Christianity in subsequent scholarship. Recently, interest in the letter has been renewed as attempts have been made to reopen the debate surrounding this letter as they have attempted to show that it contains a number of features that decidedly favor Christian authorship. This paper will therefore evaluate the validity of such arguments and will reconsider whether P.Oxy. XLII 3057 could be the earliest extant Christian letter.
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Near East : Egypt : Literature : Correspondence - Archives : Private Letters
Thesaurus BiBIL : New Testament (Introduction) : New Testament : Textual Criticism : Greek Texts : Manuscripts : Papyrus
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