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Letter in the persona of an eastern philosopher to a pupil

Write a letter in the persona of an eastern philosopher to one of his pupils. I have chosen Confucius as my eastern philosopher. In the letter I have to describe his viewpoints concerning one of his philosophies. I am not quite sure as to were or how to start this letter. Any assistance in a possible outline and reference points would be appreciated.

While I have picked Confucius, if you are more familiar with another eastern philosopher and can help me with that, feel free to offer another choice and provide information on that.

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I will write this example letter with a letter Hebrew flavour in order to make it sound more authentic. I have chosen Yeshua ben Yosef (commonly referred to as Jesus) as the Eastern philosopher and Shimon Kefa (referred to as Simon Peter) as his student.


Mercies, grace, and lovingkindness from our heavenly Father and from me, his servant the Messiah, Yeshua ben Yosef to you, one of my most beloved of talmidim (disciples), Shimon Kefa!

I write this letter to you to remind you of the most important mitzvah (commandment) in the Torah that was given to Yisrael (Israel) by the hand of of Moshe (the first five books of the Scriptures). It is written in Devarim (Deuteronomy) 6:4, "Shema Yisrael YHWH Eloheinu YHWH echad!" Of course, as you know Kefa, these words mean, "Hear O Yisrael! YHWH is our Elohim (our Mighty One, i.e. G-d). YHWH is one!"

Kefa, the greatest word in this verse is the first word, hear.

I have taught you this in the past, but now I think it suitable to remind you of these things so that you may teach others even as I have taught you. What does it mean to hear? As you know, the word "shema" does not just mean to hear with your ears, but rather to hear with your heart. It refers to an inner motivation to respond to what ...

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This solution contains a lengthy (over 850 words) example of a hypothetical letter written by a first century B.C.E. Eastern philosopher (and rabbi) to one of his students. It illustrates the intent of this assignment very well.