Re: [textualcriticism] Sheets of Paper for Letter-Writing?
- This is an interesting question.
Basically all the personal letters among the papyri are on one side of a
single sheet that gets folded up with some form of address on the outside.
On Jun 19 2007, Webb wrote:
> My work in 1 and 2 Corinthians has persuaded me that those documents in
> their current familiar form contain materials from four original letters
> by Paul. That raises for me the question of whether Paul, writing from
> Ephesus and elsewhere, may have had access to sheets of paper for
> letter-writing. After all, there has to be some plausible mechanism by
> which materials not originally belonging to the same document could end
> up bound and copied side by side into one document (as in 2 Cor. 1-9 and
> 10-13), or a letter fragment could apparently be inserted into another
> document (as in 2 Cor. 6:14-7:1). In general, it seems to be assumed by
> the books I've read that a letter would normally be written on a scroll
> at that time (middle of the first century CE). Is there evidence that
> people at that time and place (Asia, Macedonia, Achaia) sometimes wrote
> letters using single sheets, like those which would typically be bound
> together to form a codex?
>What of the notion that the Corinthians could have sliced up Paul's letter
>scrolls into pieces dealing with different topics, so that various parties
>could study them at the same time? Do we have proven examples of this
>parceling out of a document in pieces for study?