American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An extract or selection from a book, especially a reading from a Scripture that forms part of a church service.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An extract; a selection from a book; specifically, in the ancient Christian church, a passage of Scripture appointed to be read on certain Sundays and festive occasions.
- n. 2. In ancient prosody, a group of two or more systems.
- n. rhetoric A section of text forming a coherent thought, suitable for use in a speech.
- n. A passage of Scripture to be read in public worship or a book containing such passages.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A selection or extract from a book; especially (Theol.), a selection from the Bible, appointed to be read in the churches or used as a text for a sermon.
- From late Latin pericope, from Greek περικοπή ‘section’, from peri- + κοπή ‘cutting’, from κόπτειν ‘to cut’. (Wiktionary)
- Late Latin pericopē, from Greek perikopē, a cutting around, section, from perikoptein, to cut around : peri-, peri- + koptein, to cut. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“This is an interpretation that fits with the overall point of this pericope.”
“This pericope in Ezra also tells us, there can be no Gospel without the Blues.”
“It is important and it will come, and is a weakness I need to address, but I have other inclinations, can live with the ambiguities being pretty happily focused on a little portion; so much so that I even have the fault of sometimes failing to look ahead of my weekly pericope.”
“And how "obvious" are the reasons for the inclusion of the Lazarus pericope in John where no such story exists in our other sources as an off-the-cuff example?”
“If, however, Jer 7:22-26 is read in line with Jer 2:1-8 and the 'little credo' in Deut 26:5-10, it might rather reflect the time before the insertion of the Sinai pericope and sacrificial laws into the wilderness-conquest narratives.”
“I've often seen the criterion of embarrassment offered as support for the historical core of the Empty Tomb pericope.”
“In the RSV Catholic Version the pericope reads as follows: Isaiah 11:3 “And his delight shall be in the fear of the Lord.””
“Stephen, I don't see how an event that is said to happen several days later and naturally marks a new pericope provides a more appropriate context for interpretation than the material immediately preceding, which is the immediate context.”
“Please note that the part about left and right in his kingdom is based the Matthean form of that pericope.”
“The immediately preceeding verse suggests one thing and the immediately following pericope suggests another.”
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