Definitions for EPISTLEɪˈpɪs əl
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a specially long, formal letter
a book of the New Testament written in the form of a letter from an Apostle
A letter, or a literary composition in the form of a letter.
One of the letters included as a book of the New Testament.
Origin: From epistle, from epistola, from ἐπιστολή, from ἐπιστέλλω, from ἐπί + στέλλω.
a writing directed or sent to a person or persons; a written communication; a letter; -- applied usually to formal, didactic, or elegant letters
one of the letters in the New Testament which were addressed to their Christian brethren by Apostles
to write; to communicate in a letter or by writing
Origin: [OE. epistle, epistel, AS. epistol, pistol, L. epistola, fr. Gr. anything sent by a messenger, message, letter, fr. to send to, tell by letter or message; 'epi` upon, to + to dispatch, send; cf. OF. epistle, epistre, F. ptre. See Stall.]
An epistle is a writing directed or sent to a person or group of people, usually an elegant and formal didactic letter. The epistle genre of letter-writing was common in ancient Egypt as part of the scribal-school writing curriculum. The letters in the New Testament from Apostles to Christians are usually referred to as epistles. Those traditionally attributed to Paul are known as Pauline epistles and the others as catholic epistles.
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