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An epistle is a letter addressed to a specific person or persons but intended for a general audience. The most famous examples of ancient epistles are those in books of the New Testament. 一個書信是寫給特定的人或數人,但為一般受眾。最有名的例子是那些古代書信的書籍的新約。 Modern examples, modeled on Greek and Roman epistles, are the poetic epistles of Alexander Pope and Voltaire.現代的例子,仿照希臘和羅馬的書信,是詩的書信的蒲伯和Voltaire 。


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Epistles, the apostolic letters.書信,使徒信。 The New Testament contains twenty-one in all. They are divided into two classes.新約包含21個。它們分為兩類。

  1. Paul's Epistles, fourteen in number, including Hebrews. 保羅的書信, 14的數量,包括猶太人。 These are not arranged in the New Testament in the order of time as to their composition, but rather according to the rank of the cities or places to which they were sent.這些都不是安排在新約中的順序的時間作為其組成,而是根據排名的城市或地區,給他們所寄出。 Who arranged them after this manner is unknown.誰安排了這種方式後,他們還不清楚。 Paul's letters were, as a rule, dictated to an amanuensis, a fact which accounts for some of their peculiarities.保羅的信件,作為一項規則,決定了amanuensis ,這佔他們的一些特點。 He authenticated them, however, by adding a few words in his own hand at the close.他驗證然而,其中,增加了幾句話,他自己的手結束時。 (See Epistle to the Galatians) The epistles to Timothy and Titus are styled the Pastoral Epistles. (見使徒的加拉太)的書信,以霍震霆和提圖斯稱為田園書信。

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  2. The Catholic or General Epistles, so called because they are not addressed to any particular church or city or individual, but to Christians in general, or to Christians in several countries. 天主教或一般書信,所謂的,因為它們不會給任何特定的教會或城市或個人,但在一般基督徒,或基督徒在幾個國家。 Of these, three are written by John, two by Peter, and one each by James and Jude.其中, 3人撰寫的約翰,兩個由Peter ,各有一個由詹姆斯和裘德。

It is an interesting and instructive fact that a large portion of the New Testament is taken up with epistles.這是一項有趣的和有啟發性這樣一個事實,即大部分新約全書採取了書信。 The doctrines of Christianity are thus not set forth in any formal treatise, but mainly in a collection of letters.理論基督教,因此沒有提出任何正式的論文,但主要是在收集的信件。 "Christianity was the first great missionary religion. It was the first to break the bonds of race and aim at embracing all mankind. But this necessarily involved a change in the mode in which it was presented. The prophet of the Old Testament, if he had anything to communicate, either appeared in person or sent messengers to speak for him by word of mouth. The narrow limits of Palestine made direct personal communication easy. But the case was different when the Christian Church came to consist of a number of scattered parts, stretching from Mesopotamia in the east to Rome or even Spain in the far west. It was only natural that the apostle by whom the greater number of these communities had been founded should seek to communicate with them by letter." “基督教的第一個偉大的傳教士的宗教。它是第一個打破債券種族和著眼於擁抱全人類。但是,這必然涉及變化的模式,其中提出的。先知的舊約,如果他有任何溝通,無論是出現在人或發送信使說,他的口耳相傳。狹窄巴勒斯坦直接的個人通信容易。但是,不同的情況時,基督教會來包括了一些分散的部分,從美索不達米亞,東羅馬,甚至在西班牙最西部。這是自然的使徒的人越來越多的這些社區成立了應尋求與他們的信。 “

(Easton Illustrated Dictionary) (伊斯頓圖解詞典)

Ca'tholic Epistles Ca'tholic書信

General Information 一般信息

The Catholic epistles are the epistles of James, Peter, John, and Jude; so called because they are addressed to Christians in general, and not to any church or person in particular.天主教書信是書信的詹姆斯,彼得,約翰,和裘德;所謂的,因為它們是針對基督教徒的一般,而不是任何教會或個人,特別是。

(Easton Illustrated Dictionary) (伊斯頓圖解詞典)

Also, see:此外,見:
Epistle to the Galatians 書信的加拉太
Epistle to Timothy 書信向提摩太

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