LETTER WRITING AND ORAL COMMUNICATION IN ANTIQUITY: SUGGESTED FOR THE INTERPRETATION OF PAUL’S LETTER TO THE GALATIANS

Pieter J J Botha

Abstract


This paper aims at locating Pauline letter writing within the context of ancient communication in order to make the constraints of an orally based culture relevant to the understanding of his letters. The limited literacy prevailing in Greco-Roman times, letter writing in a scribal culture and the importance of oral performance are discussed. Paul’s letter to the Galatians is briefly discussed with reference to how the letter establishes authority and verbal presence within an oral environment.

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Pauline letter writing; Greco-Roman times; Letters to the Galatians

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.7833/42-0-1667

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