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Epistles
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The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Epistle
Epistle ē-pis’əl [Gk. epistolḗ—‘letter,’ ‘epistle’]. I. Antiquity II. OT III. Greco-Roman PeriodA. KindsB. CharacteristicsC. Form IV. NT V. PaulA. ContextB. Form VI. Conclusions
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Epistle
epistle, a written communication, sometimes considered to be synonymous with a letter and sometimes distinguished from the letter genre. The English word is derived from the Greek epistolē, a common word in the nt world for all kinds of letters. In the early twentieth century, the strong tendency was
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Epistle
EPISTLE. In general usage the term epistle refers to written correspondence whether private or public. This broad use would include OT letters, although they are never specifically called epistles (2 Sam 11:14–15; 1 Kgs 21:8–11; Ezr 4:11–22; Jer 29:1–29).In the NT the Gr. epistolē occurs 24 times and
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
Epistle
EPISTLE. Gk. epistolē and Lat. epistula represent a letter of any kind: originally simply a written communication between persons apart, whether personal and private or official. In this sense epistles are a part of the heritage of all literate peoples, and examples are to be found in the OT (2 Sa.
Catholic Bible Dictionary
Epistle
EPISTLE (Greek, “a letter”) Any of the twenty-one books of the New Testament titled “letters” or “epistles.” They were addressed to individuals or churches, and they covered all the topics important to the Christian life: doctrine and morals, disciplinary action, practical advice, and exhortation to
The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
Epistle
Epistle. In Christian worship it was long customary for two passages of Scripture to be read or sung at the Eucharist; the former came to be known as the ‘Epistle’, doubtless because it was normally taken from the NT Epistles, though sometimes from Acts, and in the W. occasionally from the OT or
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Epistles
Epistles, letters; personal correspondence by writing. The twenty-one epistles of the New Testament took the place of tracts among us. In their outward form they are such as might be expected from men who were brought into contact with Greek and Roman customs, themselves belonging to a different race,
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
Epistle
EPISTLE (Gk. epistolē, a “written message”). The term employed to designate twenty-one out of twenty-seven of the writings of the NT, whereas Luke and the Acts are both prefaced by an epistle to Theophilus, a friend of the evangelist. They are known as Paul’s Epistles and the Catholic or General Epistles.
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
Epistles
Epistlesthe apostolic letters. The New Testament contains twenty-one in all. They are divided into two classes. (1.) Paul’s Epistles, fourteen in number, including Hebrews. These are not arranged in the New Testament in the order of time as to their composition, but rather according to the rank of the
Harper’s Bible Dictionary
Epistle
Epistleepistle, written communication, letter. The English word is derived from the Greek epistolē, a common word in the nt world for all kinds of letters. In modern times, the German biblical scholar Adolf Deissmann (1866-1937) distinguished between the letter and the epistle. He suggested that the
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Epistle
EPISTLE — a letter of correspondence between two or more parties; the form in which several books of the New Testament were originally written. Epistle is generally synonymous with letter, although epistle sometimes is regarded as more formal correspondence, and letter as more personal.There is no real
Dictionary of Biblical Imagery
Epistle
EpistleThe structure and imagery of the NT epistles are governed by the conventions of letter writing. They are innovations constructed on Greek and Roman models, which had three main parts: introduction (sender, addressee, greeting); text or body; and conclusion (final wishes or greetings). With this
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