How did people in the Bible do without email? This session focuses on three examples of how they used written communications with each other.

Rants Go Viral - Twice! (Esther)

Synopsis: Esther contains an account of how everything can go wrong when you bulk-mail 127 people and then realize you made a mistake! Xerxes, king of Persia, acquires a new queen, Esther (2:17), who - oops - does not tell him she is Jewish. She was raised by her cousin, Mordecai, a middle manager in the palace. Mordecai gets in trouble with a higher official, Haman (3:2). This annoys Haman (3:5) who then concocts a scheme of revenge to kill all the Jews in the nation (3:6). He gets Xerxes to sign a vague document ordering the removal of a certain people on a certain day (3:13). Esther finds out and appeals to the king (7:3), who is surprised to find that not only is the target the Jewish people, but his wife is one of them!

The Original Internet Hoax (Nehemiah)

Synopsis: Nehemiah is busy organizing the rebuilding of the walls of Jerusalem. Sanballat tries various schemes to disrupt the work, then comes up with idea of distributing a written hoax.

Not So Gentle Persuasion (Philemon)

Synopsis: Philemon was a resident of Colossae (Greece). His house served as a meeting place for the local church. His slave, Onesimus, ran away, wound up being converted by Paul, and now is being sent back home. Paul strongly hints throughout the letter that Philemon should free Onesimus, so he can again help Paul. Paul exerts his influence throughout the letter.

Just a Sticky Note (1, 2, 3 John)

Compare the openings/closing of 1, 2, and 3 John. Note the 'formula' wordings which introduce and close each letter.

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