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I. Form and Genre – II. Ancient Epistolary Literature

I. Form and Genre

1. Letters in Christianity

The letter is a literary form that has been of particular importance in the Christian religion since its beginnings as a means of communication, instruction, edification, and argumentation. This predilection for letters was rooted in the missionary character of earliest Christianity, which made it necessary to communicate over long d…

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Mitchell, Margaret M., “Letters”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 13 August 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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