A-Z: General definitions: Epistle


A letter, often created to be published as a literary text. Much of the New Testament takes the form of letters, written to various early churches about Christian teaching and behaviour. Among the named authors are Paul, James, Peter, John, and Jude. The author of the Epistle to the Hebrews is unidentified.


Greek: epistole, 'written correspondence' or 'letter'.
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