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The most well known epistles are those in the bible but there are many other examples in classic literature. I am not familiar with the mechanics of their composition but it is barely treated at all in the article that is there now. 06:51, 20 February 2007 (UTC)

Definition of Epistle[edit]

An important secondary definition of epistle is not at all mentioned in the article. An epistle can also be a poem in the form of a letter. In fact, all letters that are properly epistles, with the exception of the Biblical Epistles, are of this kind. This seems to be a significant oversight, and should be corrected. Contemporary use in e-mail should be spelled inclusive of the hyphen. That is: "e-pistle".

Epistles and Christianity[edit]

Are there any examples of letters, not pertinent to Christianity, that are referred to as epistles? If not, the introduction to the article should mention that the word 'epistle' is one used exclusively in a Christian context. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 01:51, 26 January 2009 (UTC)

To—Preceding unsigned comment added by WilliamJenningsBryan (talkcontribs) 22:51, 16 March 2008 (UTC)

Hah! I was just about to create a new section on this talk page about this very subject. The answer is an ENORMOUS YES. Epistle-writing predates Christianity by literally thousands of years, since its origin can be found in the Old Kingdom of ancient Egypt. For this reason, I have added content to both the introduction and body to reflect this. This article should therefore be checked for serious WP:WEIGHT problems.--Pericles of AthensTalk 02:26, 23 July 2009 (UTC)

The epistle is not just a Christian genre[edit]

This article implies that 'epistle' is primarily a Christian genre. As it stands it should probably be called Epistle (Christian), because it's so unaware of the epistle as a literary genre both in classical antiquity and later (for instance, Erasmus in the Renaissance). It's very narrowly focused. Cynwolfe (talk) 16:30, 25 January 2010 (UTC)

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