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This seventh volume of New Documents Illustrating Early Christianity reviews and reproduces a sample of Greek papyri and inscriptions which were first published or reissued in 1982 and 1983. Documents have been selected to illustrate various aspects of life in the Graeco-Roman world including such topics as how letters were sent, transport and communication, Roman administration, benefaction, the reading of John's Gospel in the early Church, the adoption of the codex format in Christian texts and the legal topics of forcible acquisition , slavery and execution.
This series seeks to keep New Testament and early church researchers, teachers, and students abreast of emerging documentary evidence by reproducing and reviewing recently published Greek inscriptions and papyri that illumine the context in which the Christian church developed. Produced by the Ancient History Documentary Research Centre at Macquarie University, the New Docs volumes broaden the context of biblical studies and other related fields and provide a better understanding of the historical and social milieus of early Christianity.