Tales From the Bible by Mike Southern

The Men Who Wrote Nasty Letters

Mike Southern
May 2018


We’ve all had our day ruined by a piece of mail that brought bad news. It may have been a bill we didn’t know was coming, or a note telling us a relative has died, or perhaps an unexpected legal problem. And whether on TV or in movies, threatening letters and blackmail attempts are common plot devices.

But such letters aren’t a modern phenomenon. In the past, when there was no radio, TV or Twitter to spread news quickly, receiving a nasty letter could mean it was already too late to prepare for the worst. What do you do then?

This story comes from Nehemiah 6:1-7:3.

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