Epistles are the apostolic letters of The Bible. The New Testament has twenty-one epistles which have been divided into two classes: Paul's epistles, totaling fourteen (if he was the author of Hebrews), and the general epistles, three by John, two by Peter, and one each by James and Jude. The epistles provide approximately 38% of the New Testament.

Paul's Epistles

Much of the New Testament involves the ministry of Paul (see On The Road To Damascus, Paul's First Missionary Journey, Paul's Second Missionary Journey, Paul's Third Missionary Journey, Paul In Athens, Paul's Journey To Rome and Paul In Rome), one of the greatest Christians that has ever lived.

Paul's epistles are arranged in the Bible according to the location of their recipients (see Bible Places) rather than the order in which they were written. They were generally dictated by Paul to someone else who did the actual writing, with Paul adding a few words himself at the end. Paul is thought to have had poor eyesight (but no problem what-so-ever in seeing the truth of the Gospel).

There is some controversy as to whether Paul was the author of Hebrews, however he may well have been, as numerous scholars believe, and for that reason Hebrews is included here among Paul's epistles. If Paul was not the author, my apology to whoever it actually was.

The General Epistles

The general epistles are not addressed to anyone in particular, but rather to Christians overall. Of these, three were written by John, two by Peter, and one each by James and Jude.

Fact Finder: What was the name of the man who wrote the epistle to the Romans as Paul spoke it?
Romans 16:22

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