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Paul's Letter Opening And Greek Epistolography: A Matter Of Relationship

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The study of epistolography takes into account the genre of the text as a letter and provides a viable framework by which to develop an interpretation. When evaluating the nature of an ancient Greek letter, most fall within one of two broad categories, personal correspondence, between friends or family, and official correspondence between, to or from government officials, business relationships, etc. The primary difference between a personal letter and an official letter was the relationship between the person writing the letter and its recipient. Paul had a relationship, for the most part with the people he wrote to, which resulted in sections of greetings, maintaining friendship, requests and the sending of personal information. As a result, Paul's letters are not entirely official or personal, yet both show their influence on his writing.

Keywords: Greek epistolography; official letter; Paul's letter; personal letter

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