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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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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 Susie Dent.

in Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase & Fable

January 2012; p ublished online January 2013 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History of English. 177 words.

This word, related in origin to apostle, is particularly applied to the new testament letters, from which extracts are

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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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Epistle

Michel Huglo and James W. McKinnon.

in Grove Music Online

January 2001; p ublished online January 2001 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Music. 2237 words.

Generic term for the reading or readings that precede the Gospel in the pre-eucharistic synaxis of the Eastern and Western liturgies. The term derives from the fact that the Epistle is...

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Epistle

Sidney Godolphin.

Edited by George Saintsbury.

in Minor Poets of the Caroline Period, Vol. 2: Marmion's Cupid and Psyche, Kynaston's Leonine and Sydanis, and Cynthiades, Poems of John Hall, Sidney Godolphin and Philip Ayres, Chalkhill's Thealma and Clearchus, Poems of Patrick Carey and William Hammond, Bosworth's Arcadius and Sepha, &c

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When your known hand, and style, and name

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