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Lettered Christians: Christians, letters, & late antique Oxyrhynchus.
Blumell, Lincoln H.
imprint
2009.
description
394 leaves.
ISBN
9780494556955
format(s)
Microform, Thesis
Holdings
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imprint
2009.
isbn
9780494556955
restrictions
Electronic version licensed for access by U. of T. users.
dissertation note
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Toronto, 2009.
general note
Source: Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 71-01, Section: A, page: 0212.
local note
ROBARTS MICROTEXT copy on microfiche.
abstract
This study examines the extant letters written by Christians and provenanced to Oxyrhynchus. Ranging in date from the third through seventh centuries and written primarily in Greek these letters collectively provide an invaluable database from which to consider a number of issues about Christians and Christianity in late antique Oxyrhynchus. In order to compile a database of appropriate letters the first section of this work is devoted to considering methodological issues concerning how letters written by Christians can be identified. In the second section of this study this database is examined to determine what it can reveal about Christian travel and epistolary networking, scriptural and liturgical learning, and Christian naming practises and patterns of piety and devotion. As these letters have never been treated as a whole and have received less attention than the Christian literary fragments from Oxyrhynchus, this study seeks to show how these oft-neglected sources greatly enhance our perspective of ancient Christianity.
catalogue key
7342685

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