[b-greek] Re: Structure of a 1st century Epistle

From: Steve Puluka (spuluka@hotmail.com)
Date: Sun Apr 01 2001 - 20:32:35 EDT

----- Original Message -----
From: "Mike Sangrey" <msangrey@BlueFeltHat.org>
> What is the common structure of a 1st century letter?
> For example,
> Recipients: PASIN TOIS hAGIOIS...
> In other words, what are the parts? And what are they called?

In appendix V of his comentary on the Epsitles of John for the Anchor Bible
Series, Raymond Brown provides the following structure:

Opening Formula
     Remembrance or Health wish
  Open formula
   Closing formula
Concluding formula
   Farewell or Good Health

Not all elements are present in all letters. Brown also notes some of the
special features of the Pauline style and how the Johanine letters fit this

Steve Puluka

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