General Epistles

General epistles (also called Catholic Epistles) are books in the New Testament in the form of letters. They are termed "general" because for the most part their intended audience seems to be Christians in general rather than individual persons or congregations as is the case with the Pauline epistles. However, 2 John and 3 John are included in this group despite their addresses respectively to the "elect lady", speculated by many to be the church itself, and to "Gaius", about whom there has been much speculation but little in the way of conclusive proof as to his identity.

There has been some speculation as to the authorship of these works. Many scholars believe 2 Peter to be a pseudepigraphal work.

The epistles of James and Jude are traditionally attributed to Jesus' brothers James and Jude.

Listed in order of their appearance in the New Testament, the General Epistles are:

  • Letter of James
  • First Epistle of Peter
  • Second Epistle of Peter
  • First Epistle of John
  • Second Epistle of John
  • Third Epistle of John
  • Epistle of Jude

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Minuscule 398 - Text
... of the Byzantine text-type with exception for the General epistles ... Aland placed it in Category V (except General epistles) ... The text of General epistles Aland assigned to the Category III ...
Grace Bible College - Other Dispensational Issues
... for one's position on the normativeness of the general epistles for today (those who are "12-out" regard the general epistles as promulgating "Kingdom ... Christ, did not occur until the end of the Book of Acts and only regards the prison and pastoral epistles of Paul to be "to" the Church, the Body of Christ ...

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