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Harvard Theological Studies 60

Greetings in the Lord

Early Christians in the Oxyrhynchus Papyri

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$25.00 • £20.95 • €22.50

ISBN 9780674025950

Publication Date: 03/31/2009


294 pages

5-1/2 x 8-1/4 inches

6 halftones

Harvard Divinity School > Harvard Theological Studies


  • Acknowledgments
  • Abbreviations
  • A Note on Translations
    • 1. Destination Oxyrhynchus: Historical Detective Work in the Footsteps of Monks and Papyrologists
  • I. Meeting Christians at the Marketplace
    • 2. How Do You Know a Christian When You See One? God, Christians, and Personal Names
    • 3. What’s in a Nomen? Recognizing Christians through Nomina Sacra
  • II. Papa Sotas, Bishop of Oxyrhynchus
    • 4. “Beloved Papa Sotas”: Recommendation, Networking, and Christian Education
    • 5. The Business of the Bishop: Fundraising, Travel, and Book Production
  • III. Legal Matters and Government Dealings
    • 6. Searching for Christians in Official Papers: Certificates of Sacrifice, Summons, and Property Confiscation
    • 7. Subversion and Resistance During the Great Persecution: From Countryside Church to Alexandrian Courtroom
    • 8. Early Christians in the Oxyrhynchus Papyri: New Voices in Ancient History
  • Plates
  • Bibliography
  • Index of Primary Sources
  • Index of Authors and Subjects

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