The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Letters in the Bible
Letters in the Bible Written document allowing two or more persons to communicate when they cannot communicate orally. Present throughout the Bible, particularly in the New Testament.
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
LETTERS. This entry consists of three separate articles surveying epistolography in the biblical world. The first covers the many letters written in Hebrew that have been discovered as a result of archaeological work. The second examines Aramaic letters and letter types. The third examines Greco-Roman
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Letter[Heb sēp̱er—‘writing’] (Dnl. 1:4, 17); AV LEARNING; NEB LITERATURE, BOOKS; [Gk. grámmata]; AV also “written” (2 Cor. 3:7), “letter”; NEB also “letter by letter” (2 Cor. 3:7). An alphabetical character; by extension, literature.In Daniel the Eng. pl “letters” renders the singular form, sēp̱er,
Letters[Heb sēp̱er—‘book,’ ‘writing’] (2 S. 11:14f.; 1 K. 21:8f, 11; 2 K. 5:5–7; 10:1f, 6f.; 19:14; 20:12; 2 Ch. 32:17; Est. 1:22; 3:13; 8:5, 10; 9:20, 30; Isa. 37:14; 39:1; Jer. 29:1, 25, 29); NEB also “envoy” (2 K. 20:12 par Isa. 39:1); [’iggereṯ] (2 Ch. 30:1, 6; Neh. 2:7–9; 6:5, 17a, 19; Est. 9:26,
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
letter, a form of literary communication. The number of letters discovered in the Middle East and the Mediterranean basin within the past century shows that the letter was one of the most common forms of communication in the ancient world. As abundant as they are, however, such discoveries cannot adequately
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
LETTER. This is the translation of five Heb. and two Gr. words. The Heb. words and Gr. epistolē refer to an epistle or letter written to one person or a group of persons. The use of Gr. gramma is much more diversified: (1) A letter of the alphabet. Paul writes, “See with how large letters a write unto
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
LetterLetters were among the most important types of written texts in antiquity, in part because they were understood to function as a substitute for the author’s presence. In addition to a few handbooks on writing letters, a large number of Hellenistic letters from the period beginning in the mid-3rd
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Letters (Heb. sēp̱er, ˒iggereṯ; Gk. epistolḗ, grámmata).† A broad designation for various types of written documents in biblical and ancient usage. Numbered among ancient letters are a great variety of business, government, and legal documents, political and military reports, orders, and correspondence,
Dictionary of Paul and His Letters
Letters, letter formsThe Greek word epistolē (“epistle,” “letter”) originally referred to an oral communication sent by a messenger. The term letters was a broad designation for different types of documents in the ancient world, and could include a great variety of commercial, governmental and legal
Dictionary of New Testament Background
Letters, Greco-Roman
LETTERS, GRECO-ROMANThe popularity of the letter form increased significantly during the Hellenistic period due to a variety of factors: the increase in scribal learning and influence, the growing availability and relatively inexpensive cost of papyrus as a writing material, the need to monitor accurately
Dictionary of the Later New Testament & Its Developments
Letter, Letter Form
Letter, Letter FormThe early church relied upon the letter because of the necessity of communicating important matters of the gospel and the Christian community over long distances. There were several factors peculiar to the early church that influenced how these letters were written. Among many others,
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
LETTER. Used both as an alphabetical character and correspondence (see Writing and Epistle). The words of the apostle (Gal. 6:11), “See with what large letters I am writing to you with my own hand,” is thus explained by Meyer (Com., ad loc.): “In accordance with his well-known manner in other passages,
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
Letterin Rom. 2:27, 29 means the outward form. The “oldness of the letter” (7:6) is a phrase which denotes the old way of literal outward obedience to the law as a system of mere external rules of conduct. In 2 Cor. 3:6, “the letter” means the Mosaic law as a written law. (See WRITING.)
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