“General” (Grk. katholikos) epistles written to early Christianity at large, rather than to specific congregations (like the letters of Paul and Rev. 2–3). The New Testament contains seven catholic letters: James, traditionally ascribed to “the brother of Jesus” (Mark 6.3; cf. Gal 1.19; 1 Cor. 9.5; Acts 1.14); 1 and 2 Peter, ascribed to Jesus' disciple; 1, 2, and 3 John, which are related to the gospel of John; and Jude, ascribed to the brother of James.

Philip Sellew