Lettered Christians: Christians, Letters, and Late Antique by Lincoln Blumell

By Lincoln Blumell

With the invention of the Oxyrhynchus Papyri simply over a century in the past a few vital texts at once with regards to historical Christianity have come to mild. whereas definite literary texts have bought huge recognition in scholarship by way of comparability the documentary proof when it comes to Christianity has got a ways much less realization and continues to be quite vague. to assist redress this imbalance, and to lend a few context to the Christian literary fabrics, this publication examines the extant Christian epistolary is still from Oxyrhynchus among the 3rd and 7th centuries CE. Drawing upon this specified corpus of facts, which until eventually this element hasn't ever been jointly nor systematically handled, this e-book breaks new flooring because it employs the letters to contemplate a variety of questions in relation to Christianity within the Oxyrhynchite. not just does this lucid research fill a void in scholarship, it additionally supplies a couple of insights that experience greater implications on Christianity in overdue antiquity.

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Roger S. Bagnall (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009), 601–602, who disputes the date advanced by Gardner et al. 72 What this means for the purposes of this study is that for the most part letters will not be assigned a specific date, unless they include one, but will be dated either to a century or to a general window of about forty to fifty years. To help remedy the inherent problems of paleographic dating all letters will be dated as they appear in the HGV in order to ensure as much accuracy as possible since this database is updated regularly.

Chapter Three will look at the letters to see what they can reveal about issues concerning travel and epistolary networking. Letters are by their very nature travel documents since they specifically serve as a medium of communication between two (or more) locations and almost always reveal something about communication networks because they often contain data concerning why and how contact between various persons was made. On this front, specific attention will be given to elucidating what the letters reveal about Christian travel at Oxyrhynchus, why it was undertaken, where it was undertaken, and how it was undertaken.

Fragments include portions of 2 Cor 5:21, Acts of the Persian Martyrs and possibly a Homily. All fragments are dated to the fourth century. C. C. Lieu, Manichaeism in Mesopotamia and the Roman East (Leiden: Brill, 1994), 63–64. E. E. Cowley, “Hebrew and Aramaic Papyri,” JQR 16, no. 1 (1903): 1–4. Among the Hebrew remains are fragments of two letters, a portion of Mishnah Yoma, a penitential prayer, some poems (Piyyutim), a ˙ and colophon, as well as some fragments too mutilated to be securely identified.

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