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Catholic epistles

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Catholic epistles the epistles of the apostles which are addressed to all the faithful, and not to a particular church; being those of James, Peter, Jude, and John.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Catholic epistles the name given to certain epistles in the canon addressed not to particular churches or individuals, but either to the Church universal or to a large and indefinite circle of readers—originally only 1 John and 1 Peter, but, as early as the 3d century, also James, Jude, 2 Peter, 2 and 3 John
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. katholicos, universal—kata, throughout, holos, the whole.

Usage

In literature:

Two epistles of Gregory the Seventh are destined to soothe the distress of the Catholics and the pride of a Moorish prince.
"The History of The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire Volume 5" by Edward Gibbon
Catholic Epistle, in imitation of the Apostles of Themis, on the Montanists.
"The Freethinker's Text Book, Part II." by Annie Besant
Of Polycarp, the apostolical bishop of the Catholic Church of Smyrna, only one Epistle has survived.
"Primitive Christian Worship" by James Endell Tyler
The seven so-called catholic epistles occupy the last place.
"Companion to the Bible" by E. P. Barrows
Yet we have to thank the Alexandrian Church for giving us the seven Catholic Epistles.
"History of Dogma, Volume 2 (of 7)" by Adolph Harnack
The Epistle to the Ephesians gives us St. Paul's gospel of the Catholic Church.
"St. Paul's Epistle to the Ephesians" by Charles Gore
We find the same thing in the Gospels of St. Matthew and St. John, and in the Catholic Epistles.
"Chapters of Bible Study" by Herman J. Heuser
The Epistle to the Hebrews, the Catholic Epistles of St. James and St. Peter.
"A Classified Catalogue of Selected Works Published by George Bell and Sons" by Anonymous
Did the Catholics decide for us which are the true gospels and which are the true epistles?
"The Works of Robert G. Ingersoll, Vol. 5 (of 12) Dresden Edition--Discussions" by Robert G. Ingersoll
CATHOLIC EPISTLES, Introduction, James, 1-12.
"Expositor's Bible: Index" by S. G. Ayres
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