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EPISTLES, civil law. The name given to a species of rescript. Epistles were the answers given by the prince, when magistrates submitted to him a question of law. Vicle Rescripts.

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Notes and short epistles from her aunt, with divers letters from Anna written slyly in the school-room and slipped into her lap, she was already well acquainted with; but of real, genuine letters, stamped by the post-office, rumpled by the mail-bags, consecrated by the steam-boat, this was certainly the first.
The epistle is laconic," said D'Artagnan; "and if there had not been a postscript, probably I should not have understood it; but happily there is a postscript.
But it took all Diana's breezy, newsy, delightful epistle to banish the sting of Ruby's postscript.
He therefore seized the little epistle, and opened it eagerly.
Even the prophets wrote book after book and epistle after epistle, yet never once hinted at the existence of a great continent on our side of the water; yet they must have known it was there, I should think.
It is so difficult to become clearly possessed of the contents of almost any letter, in a violent hurry, that I had to read this mysterious epistle again, twice, before its injunction to me to be secret got mechanically into my mind.
This is a long epistle that I am sending you, but the reason is that today I feel in good spirits after dining at Rataziaev's.
Muted Voices of the New Testament: Readings in the Catholic Epistles and Hebrews
Spanish witnesses long claimed khipus contained historical narratives, biographies and epistles, but scholars dismissed them as memory aids, providing simple mnemonic tools rather than providing a writing system to preserve information.
Seventy Images of Grace in the Epistles" presents an interplay of stories of people's actual lives and Epistle images of grace.
Among the topics are the task and method of exegesis, medical imagery in the pastoral epistles, whether the Thessalonians wrote to Paul, traditions and theology of care in the New Testament, paranaesis in the Epistle to Titus, the vertus feminarium in 1 Timothy 2:9-15, self-definition among the cynics, Heracles, Athenagoras on the poets and philosophers, a physical description of Paul, and a review of Helmut Koester's Introduction to the New Testament.
It has long been realised that Horace's three longer epistles (to Augustus, Florus, and the Pisones)--often amalgamated, probably anachronistically, (5) into a single book called 'Epistles 2' in many modern editions--present a wholly different tone to those of his first.