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Apocryphal Epistles
Excerpt from the Lexham Bible Dictionary, the most advanced Bible dictionary.
(Apocryphal Epistles). Non-canonical letters attributed to an apostle or a major figure of the New Testament. The majority of these letters are clearly pseudonymous and only a few of them had any level of authority in the early church period; almost all were rejected by early church fathers.
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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Apocryphal Letters
Apocryphal Letters (Apocryphal Epistles). Non-canonical letters attributed to an apostle or a major figure of the New Testament. The majority of these letters are clearly pseudonymous and only a few of them had any level of authority in the early church period; almost all were rejected by early church
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Epistles, Apocryphal
EPISTLES, APOCRYPHAL. One of the literary genres of the writings commonly called “NT Apocrypha,” along with apocryphal gospels, apocryphal acts, and several apocalypses. The Apocryphal Epistles appear to imitate the epistles in the canonical NT. However, the epistle form did not gain the popularity of
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Apocryphal Epistles
Apocryphal Epistles A body of early Christian writings, either letters purporting to be from Paul, or types of literature having the form of letters, or romantic forgeries resembling novels. Paul himself evidently knew of unauthorized letters sent in his name (cf. 2 Thess. 2:2; 3:17), but remarkably
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Epistles, Apocryphal
EPISTLES*, APOCRYPHAL Writings in epistolary form and apocryphal in nature. See Apocrypha (Apocryphal Epistles).
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Epistles, Spurious
EPISTLES, SPURIOUS. Among the apocryphal NT writings are a small number of epistles imitating those found in the NT canon but not ranking in importance with other types of apocryphal literature. The seven most important epistles are: the Epistle of the Apostles, Epistles of Christ and Abgarus, Epistle
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
Epistles, Spurious
EPISTLES, SPURIOUS. Many of these are lost, but several are extant, of which the following are the principal:1. The Epistle of Paul to the Laodiceans. Marcion received as genuine an “Epistle of Paul to the Laodiceans,” early in the second century, but it is doubtful whether it is the Lat. one now extant.
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
APOCRYPHAL EPISTLES
APOCRYPHAL EPISTLES<a-pok’-ri-fal e-pis’-ls>: A few epistles have been attributed to the Virgin Mary, but these are very late and without value. The following epistles fall to be noted as apocryphal:
A Dictionary of Christian Biography, Literature, Sects and Doctrines, Volumes I–IV
Epistles
EPISTLES, APOCRYPHAL. I.—1. The Epistles of Abgarus or Agbarus, King of Edessa, to Christ and The Answer of our Lord are given by Eusebius (H. E. i. 13), who professes to derive them from the archives of Edessa, and to have carefully translated them out of the Syriac. Abgarus expresses his faith that
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 2, D–G
Epistles, Apocryphal
epistles, apocryphal. Interest in the apostles generally took the form of apocryphal Acts, relating their travels, miracles, and martyrdoms, rather than of letters forged in support of some doctrinal position. An exception is the Epistle of Pseudo-Titus, in praise of virginity (see Pseudo-Titus, Epistle
The Eerdmans Encyclopedia of Early Christian Art and Archaeology, Volumes 1–3
Literature: Apocryphal
Literature: Apocryphal (Early Christian Iconography)Apocryphal literature (Charles, 1913; NTApoc), also classified under the broader rubric “pseudepigrapha” (OTPseud), consists in writings that parallel and supplement the content of the Old and New Testaments. Apocryphal writings date from the late
The International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia, Volumes 1–5
Apocryphal Epistles
APOCRYPHAL EPISTLES, a-pokʹri-fal ē̇-pisʹl’s: A few epistles have been attributed to the Virgin Mary, but these are very late and without value. The following epistles fall to be noted as apocryphal:
Encyclopedia of Ancient Christianity
Letters (Apocryphal)
LETTERS (apocryphal). Among the apocrypha of the NT is a group of writings called “Letters.” Some of these letters are treatises (Epistle of Ps.-Titus, Letter of the Apostles), fragments of works (*Letter of Lentulus), historical accounts (Letters of Pilate and Herod), reports (Anaphora Pilati) and finally