The Catholic Epistles (or “General Epistles,” or “Catholic Letters”) are a group of letters written to Christians in the early church. Christian leaders believed these books were extremely useful for understanding and applying the teachings of Jesus in real life. So over the centuries, they eventually came together to join the canon—the group of books that make up the Bible.

In this video, we take a high-level look at the seven traditional Catholic Epistles of the Bible:

  • James
  • 1 Peter & 2 Peter
  • 1 John, 2 John & 3 John
  • Jude

You’ll see why these letters are called “Catholic” (even though Protestants and Orthodox Christians love them, too), and you’ll get a little bit of insight into the controversies surrounding these books’ authorship.

Want a closer look at that whiteboard (without me in the way)? Check out the full-size image below.