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  Bible Study - Epistles
Epistles are the apostolic letters of The Bible.
The New Testament has twenty-one epistles which have been divided into two classes: Paul's epistles, totaling fourteen (if he was the author of Hebrews), and the general epistles, three by John, two by Peter, and one each by James and Jude.
Paul's epistles are arranged in the Bible according to the location of their recipients (see Bible Places) rather than the order in which they were written.
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 Bible Dictionary: Pauline Epistles
Epistle to the Colossians was the result of a visit from Epaphras, the evangelist of the Church in Colossae (Col.
Epistle to the Hebrews was written to Jewish members of the Church to persuade them that significant aspects of the law of Moses, as a forerunner, had been fulfilled in Christ, and that the higher gospel law of Christ had replaced it.
The pastoral epistles, being addressed to men engaged in the ministry of the Church, are occupied mainly with questions relating to the internal discipline and organization of the Christian body and with the ideal of the pastoral office.
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 Van Manen, Old Christian Literature: Epistles
They used the epistles or left them unread, just as they were, indifferently, without asking any question as to their origin, knowing this only, that they were intended for all who chose to give heed to them.
All these epistles now came to be regarded as proceeding from the writers whose name they bore, and to have been originally intended for those who were named as their first recipients in superscription, subscription, address, or tradition.
The second epistle was almost immediately on its rediscovery in 1633 received with a certain amount of depreciation; soon it came to be regarded by some as simply a homily which cannot have been written by Clement, and ultimately this view was adopted almost unanimously.
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 Epistles of Saint Peter
The opinions of critics who deny the authenticity of the Epistle range from A.D. 80 to A.D. 160 as the date, but as there is not the slightest doubt of its authenticity they have no basis for their argument.
While those who reject the authenticity of the Epistle place it about 150, the advocates of its authenticity maintain that it was written after 63-4, the date of the First Epistle, and before 64-5, the date believed to be that of the death of St. Peter (i, 14).
In the body of the Epistle (i, 16-iii, 13) the author brings forward the dogma of the second coming of Christ, which he proves, recalling His glorious transfiguration and the prediction of the Prophets (i, 16-21).
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 Epistles - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The epistles of the New Testament are Christian writings of Apostles to churches in particular parts of the world.
In particular, with respect to the authorship of the Pauline epistles, the pastoral epistles are rejected by two thirds of modern academics, and only seven of the Pauline epistles are regarded as uncontested.
Epistle of the Romans to the Corinthians (1 Clement)[1]
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They generally believe that the Epistles were written early in the history of the Christian church; all but 1, 2 and 3 John were written before the destruction of the temple in Jerusalem, at 70 CE.
It was only in the second century CE that this epistle became interpreted as being directed at Hebrews.
James: Conservatives generally accept that this epistle was written by James, the brother of Jesus and the head of the Jewish Christian group in Jerusalem.
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 The Epistle Collections   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Still of course, the Epistle form was not considered equal with the scriptures, but since Peter was the hand-picked successor, his letter had more innate legitimacy, though still it had to wait until the necessary additions to the Biblical chronology (the books of the Messiah, and Acts of the Apostles) were written.
But his Epistle had the strength among the community of faith that the papal encyclicals now have among the Catholics, with the added benefit that the letter of Peter was short.
The Epistle Collections were read in the churches, and thought to be excellent writings, but they were not at first considered to be scripture.
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 Epistle - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Epistles were written in strict accordance to formalized, Hellenistic tradition, especially the Pauline epistles.
After the names of the author and recipient, Pauline epistles often open with the greeting, "Grace and peace to you." "Grace" was a common Hellenistic greeting, while "peace" (shalom) was the common Jewish greeting; this reflected Paul's dual identity in Jewish faith and Hellenistic culture.
In the context of a liturgy, "epistle" may refer more specifically to a particular passage from a New Testament epistle — sometimes also from the Book of Acts or the Revelation of John, but never from the Four Gospels — that is scheduled to be read on a certain day or at a certain occasion.
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 Pastoral Epistles - International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
When Timothy and Titus received these epistles they were not acting, as they had previously done, as missionaries or itinerant evangelists, but had been left by Paul in charge of churches; the former having the oversight of the church in Ephesus, and the latter having the care of the churches in the island of Crete.
The first statement, that the epistles imply an ecclesiastical organization in advance of the time when Paul lived, is one which cannot be maintained in view of the facts disclosed in the epistles themselves.
But the ecclesiastical arrangements in the Pastoral Epistles coincide in all points with the state of matters as it is found in the church in the time of the apostles, as that is described in the Ac and elsewhere in the New Testament.
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 Deutero-Pauline and Pastoral Epistles   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
The Deutero-Pauline epistles are Colossians, Ephesians, and II Thessalonians.
The Pastoral Epistles are I and II Timothy and Titus.
The Pastoral Epistles were written around 100 -110 C.E., (closer to the time the gospel of John was put in its final written form).
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The earliest indication that a writer is aware of multiple epistles by Paul dates to circa 96 CE - perhaps 3 decades after Paul's death.
In his opinion, of the thirteen epistles which say that they were written by Paul, critical scholars have reached a near consensus that seven are Paul's: 1 Thessalonians, Galatians, 1 and 2 Corinthians, Philippians, Philemon and Romans.
The authorship of the epistles is of particular importance when studying what the Christian Scriptures (New Testament) have to say about the role and status of women.
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Therefore, it is these epistles, not the gospels, which provide the most plausible clues as to how the earliest Christians regarded Jesus.
Page 22: The Pauline epistles considered to be genuine are so completely silent concerning the events that were later recorded in the gospels as to suggest that these events were not known to Paul, who could not have been ignorant of them had they really happened.
The Pauline Epistles considered to be authentic include Romans, 1st and 2nd Corinthians, Galatians, 1st Thessalonians, Philippians, and Philemon.
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 Pastoral Epistles (International Standard Bible Encyclopedia) :: Bible Tools
Baur asserted that they were written for the purpose of combating the Gnosticism of the 2nd century, and of defending the church from it by means of ecclesiastical organization, and that the date of their composition was about the year 150 AD.
But the ecclesiastical arrangements in the Pastoral Epistles coincide in all points with the state of matters as it is found in the church in the time of the apostles, as that is described in the Acts and elsewhere in the New Testament.
It seems an error to suppose, as has often been done, that these epistles contain the germ of monarchical episcopacy; for the Christian church had already, from the day of Pentecost, existed as a society with special officers for the functions of extension, discipline and administration.
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 Epistles 1.1
Epistles has no writing staff, instead it relies on the input of the Armenian faithful to fill its pages with relevant, constructive, Christcentered contributions that will help its general readership understand their faith and issues of concern to Armenian Christians.
Epistles seeks to communicate contemporary thoughts, ideas, proposals, commentary, testimonials, and visions for the future presented by Armenians regarding Armenian Christian churches in the United States and abroad.
Epistles seeks to promote dialogue between Christian Armenians in order to promote fellowship, leadership, and awareness of contemporary issues facing the current generation of Armenian Christian leaders and church members.
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 CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA: Epistle (In Scripture)
The letter is a private and confidential conversation with the addressee, his anticipated answers shaping the course of the writing; the epistle is general in its aim, addresses all whom it may concern, and tends to publication.
The peculiar form and style of the Pauline Epistles are studied in their respective introductions and commentaries; but we may add here that I Tim., II Tim., and Tit.
Peter's first Epistle supposes some familiarity with his readers on the part of the writer; this can hardly be said of II Peter or of the Epistle of Jude.
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 The General Epistles: Where Do They Fit In?
One issue that has clouded the understanding of some regarding the General Epistles is whether or not the 12 Apostles and the kingdom saints became members of the Body of Christ.
Some are reluctant to teach on the General Epistles because they believe that they will have to stake out a claim as to whether or not the 12 are in the Body of Christ.
When it was written, Peter's first epistle addressed the problem of the kingdom saints' dispersion from Jerusalem and of their persecution under an Antichrist of sorts—Saul of Tarsus.
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 Letters and Epistles in the Bible - Catholic Bible Study
In the first part of the Epistle (1:12 to 7:16) he explains to the faithful the character of his apostolic office; in the second (8:1 to 9:15), he urges the faithful to give alms; and in the third (10:1 to 13:10), answers his adversaries.
This epistle is an encyclical circular letter, addressed to the church of Ephesus and to the churches of Asia Minor, to explain to them that they are not isolated groups but incorporated into one and the same mystic body.
This Epistle was addressed to Jewish Christians, who maintained a close connection with the mother church in Jerusalem, but who did not express their faith sufficiently in good works, especially, works of charity, mercy and mortification of the tongue.
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 Archaeology and the Epistles > The Good News : May/June 2001   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
The content of the epistle to the Romans reflects the new situation of the return of the Jewish Christians to the Roman church and the need for the gentile Christians again to accept their leadership.
Peter ends his first epistle with a reference to his location: "She who is in Babylon, elect together with you, greets you; and so does Mark my son" (1 Peter 5:13).
John's Gospel and epistles have an unusual style and are among the most respected by scholars.
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The Epistle to the Hebrews, the Second Epistle of Peter, the Second and the Third Epistles of John, the Epistle of Jacob, the Epistle of Jude and several verses of the First Epistle of John are wrongly attributed to the apostles.
Scaliger disowns the Epistle to the Hebrews by saying that whoever was the author of this Epistle had wasted his time Eusebius, in chapter 23 of vol.
The Epistle of Aristias remained on the least of the Holly Scriptures but in the seventeenth century some objections were raised against it and suddenly it turned into a false document of the eyes of all the Protestant scholars.
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 CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA: Epistles to Timothy and Titus
Catholics know from the universal tradition and infallible teaching of the Church that these Epistles are inspired, and from this follows their Pauline authorship as they all claim to have been written by the Apostle.
The "Authorship of the Pastoral Epistles" was discussed in "The Church Quarterly" in October, 1906, and January, 1907.
In the very first Epistle that St. Paul wrote we read: "And we beseech you, brethren, to know them who labour among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you: That you esteem them more abundantly in charity, for their work's sake" (1 Thessalonians 5:12-13).
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 Rejection of Pascal's Wager: The Epistles of Paul
Another epistle, the epistle to the Hebrews used to be attributed to him as well but is no longer accepted today by most Christians as a Pauline work.
Of the thirteen epistles accepted by tradition as Pauline, the opinion among scholars are divided as to their authenticity.
Using the epistles to the Roman, Corinthians and Galatians as the input defining the literary habits of Paul to the computer, the other epistles are analyzed.
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 The Theology of the Johannine Epistles - Cambridge University Press
The Johannine Epistles have long been recognised as contributing a vital element to the theology of the New Testament.
This book allows the Epistles to speak for themselves, and shows that they sound a distinctive note within Johannine theology, in particular, and the thought of the New Testament, in general.
By focusing on the Johannine Epistles in their proper context and in their own right, the author of this book thus provides a timely reassessment of the substantial theological contribution they have to make.
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