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Overview page. Subjects: Literature.

Derived from the Latin epistola, the term ‘epistle’ tends to be applied to particular letters of a formal, public, or literary nature. Hence the word ‘epistles’ (or its Latin form ...

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epistle

Overview page. Subjects: Literature.

Derived from the Latin epistola, the term ‘epistle’ tends to be applied to particular letters of a formal, public, or literary nature. Hence the word ‘epistles’ (or its Latin form ...

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Epistle

Overview page. Subjects: Biblical Studies.

In the Christian Church, a book of the New Testament in the form of a letter from an Apostle.

Epistle also denotes an extract from an Epistle (or another New Testament book not a...

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epistle

Peter Beal.

in A Dictionary of English Manuscript Terminology 1450–2000

January 2008; p ublished online January 2011 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Literary Studies (History of the Book). 46 words.

Derived from the Latin epistola, the term ‘epistle’ tends to be applied to particular letters of a formal, public,

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epistle

Chris Baldick.

in The Oxford Dictionary of Literary Terms

January 2015; p ublished online July 2015 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies. 187 words.

A letter. As a literary form, the verse epistle is a poem in the form of a letter to a

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epistle

Chris Baldick.

in The Oxford Dictionary of Literary Terms

January 2008; p ublished online January 2008 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies. 187 words.

A letter. As a literary form, the verse epistle is a poem in the form of a letter to a

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Epistle

Edited by Elizabeth Knowles.

in The Oxford Dictionary of Phrase and Fable

January 2005; p ublished online January 2006 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History of English. 68 words.

in the Christian Church, a book of the New Testament in the form of a letter from an Apostle.

Epistle

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epistles

W. R. F. Browning.

in A Dictionary of the Bible

January 2009; p ublished online January 2010 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Biblical Studies. 227 words.

Traditionally, as in AV, twenty‐one of the NT documents have been entitled ‘epistles’, though modern translations prefer ‘letters’. The sense

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epistles

W. R. F. Browning.

in A Dictionary of the Bible

May 2011; p ublished online October 2012 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Religious Studies; Biblical Studies. 226 words.

Traditionally, as in AV, twenty-one of the NT documents have been entitled ‘epistles’, though modern translations prefer ‘letters’. The sense

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epistle

Edited by Jeremy Butterfield.

in Fowler’s Concise Dictionary of Modern English Usage

January 2016; p ublished online September 2015 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Language Reference. 59 words.

refers primarily to the letters of the New Testament, e.g. the Epistle of St Paul the Apostle to the Romans.

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epistle

Edited by Jeremy Butterfield.

in Fowler’s Dictionary of Modern English Usage

January 2015; p ublished online June 2015 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Language Reference. 60 words.

Its commonest use is of the letters of the New Testament (e.g. The Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the

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