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By Lutz Doering

historic Jewish letter writing is a missed subject of study. Lutz Doering's new monograph seeks to redress this case. the writer pursues significant initiatives: first, to supply a finished dialogue of Jewish letter writing within the Persian, Hellenistic, and Roman sessions and, moment, to evaluate the significance of old Jewish letter writing for the emergence and early improvement of Christian epistolography. even though person teams of Jewish letters were studied earlier than, the current monograph is the 1st one to examine Jewish letters comprehensively around the languages within which they have been written and/or passed down (chiefly Aramaic, Hebrew, and Greek). It operates with a wide notion of 'letter' and bargains with documentary in addition to literary and embedded letters. the writer highlights cross-linguistic advancements, resembling the impression of the Greek epistolary shape on Aramaic and Hebrew letters or the non-idiomatic retention of Semitic 'peace' greetings in a few letters translated into Greek, which allowed for those greetings to be charged with new that means. Doering argues that such tactics have been additionally very important for early Christian epistolography. hence, Paul engaged creatively with Jewish epistolary formulae. common deal with of groups instead of contributors and the quasi-official surroundings of many Jewish letters might have supplied appropriate versions whilst Paul built his personal epistolary praxis. additionally, the writer indicates that the idea that of verbal exchange with the 'Diaspora', in either halakhic-administrative and prophetic-apocalyptic Jewish letters, is customized through a couple of early Christian letters, akin to 1 Peter, James, Acts 15:23-29, and 1 Clement . historical Jewish and early Christian letters additionally proportion a priority with team identification and unity that's usually supported by way of salvation-historical motifs. In sum, Lutz Doering addresses the formerly under-researched text-pragmatic similarities among Jewish and Christian letters.

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