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Catholic Epistles
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The term “Catholic Epistles” has been in use at least since the time of Eusebius of Caesarea (Hist. eccl. II 23, 25) as a designation for the second collection of epistles in the NT canon alongside the Pauline Epistles. According to a 5th-century definition (Leontius of Byzantium, De sectis II, 4), the attribute “Catholic” is meant to indicate that these epistles, unlike those of Paul, are addressed to the whole church rather than to individual congregations. Their compilation into a cor…

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Lührmann, Dicter, “Catholic Epistles”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 08 July 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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