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Ancient Letter Writing
Letter Writing
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Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Letter Writing, Ancient
Letter Writing, Ancient. A communication from a king or high official, usually containing commands, promulgations, or reports. There are letters extant from Arad-Nana, the royal physician, to his master Ashurbanipal on the matter of the monarch’s spondylitis and a young prince’s eye trouble. The famous
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Letter Writing, Ancient
LETTER WRITING*, ANCIENT A communication, especially from a king or high official, usually containing commands, promulgations, or reports. There are letters extant from Arad-Nana, the royal physician, to his master Ashurbanipal on the matter of the monarch’s spondylitis and a young prince’s eye trouble.
Dictionary of New Testament Background
Epistolary Theory
EPISTOLARY THEORYAn analysis of epistolary theory in Greco-Roman antiquity is confronted with three sobering realities. First, our knowledge of ancient epistolary theory is limited due to the paucity of available sources as well as the uncertainties surrounding their authorship and date. Second, the
Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Letter Form and Function
LETTER FORM AND FUNCTIONHistory and Form Letters in the ancient world were an important means of communication between people who were in different locations. They were, in fact, the only means available other than verbal messages. Letter writing is almost as ancient as writing itself, beginning in
Key passages
Jdt 4:6–7

And then Jehoiakim, the high priest who was in Jerusalem in those days, wrote to those living in Bethulia and Betomesthaim, which is opposite Esdraelon and faces the plain near Dothan, saying, “Hold fast the ascent of the hills.” For through them was the entrance to Judah, and it was easy …

Gk Es 12:4

And the king wrote these words for a memorial; Mordecai also wrote about these things.

Gk Es 13:1

And this is a copy of the letter: The Great King Ahasuerus writes these things to the rulers and governors under their authority in the one hundred and twenty-seven countries from India to Ethiopia:

Gk Es 13:6

therefore, we have assigned those who were signified to you in the letters written by Haman, who is set over state affairs and is our second father, to utterly destroy all—along with their wives and children—by the swords of their enemies, without pity and sparing of any, on the fourteenth day of …

Gk Es 16:17–21

Therefore, do honorably; do not put to use the letters sent by Haman son of Hammedatha, because he who worked out these things was crucified at the gates of Susa with his whole household—God, who rules over all things, having swiftly repaid him a worthy judgment. And openly publishing a …

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