epistle ĭpĭs´əl [key], in the Bible, a letter of the New Testament. The Pauline Epistles (ascribed to St. Paul) are Romans , First and Second Corinthians , Galatians , Ephesians , Philippians , Colossians , First and Second Thessalonians , First and Second Timothy , Titus , Philemon , and Hebrews . The Catholic, or General, Epistles are James ; First and Second Peter ; First, Second, and Third John ; and Jude . This classification is traditional. There is an Epistle of Jeremiah in Baruch . In traditional Christian liturgies, the Epistle is normally a portion of one of these letters read aloud.

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