The journal Semeia is one that I’ve heard all sorts of things about. It is currently a pre-pub that is under development, which means that we’ve raised enough interest to produce it.
It is (as of first publication of this blog article) priced at $29.95. Not bad for 91 issues of a journal.
Just the other day, I was reading an essay by Jeffrey T. Reed in the Handbook of Classical Rhetoric in the Hellenistic Period. The article was on the rhetoric of epistles (not necessarily NT epistles). And I noticed a footnote on pp. 172-173:
Cf. The epistolary definition of J.L. White, “The Greek Documentary Letter Tradition Third Century BC to Third Century AD”, Semeia 22 (1981), p. 91. Besides this primary function, the letter was used for a host of other purposes (e.g. letters of friendship, letters of praise and blame, letters of recommendation, letters of petition, and administrative letters).
Makes me want to read the article. When Semeia is available (hopefully soon!) in Logos Bible Software, I’ll be able to.
If you haven’t considered the Semeia pre-pub, but find stuff like the Theological Journal Library helpful, you may want to reconsider Semeia. It is cited in books, articles and essays, as this citation from Reed shows.