A written communication directed to another
The word seems to be used in this sense in the epistle of Jude 12: "These are they who are hidden rocks in your lovefeasts when they banquet with you."
There was nothing unusual in the final epistle to indicate why the correspondence abruptly ended.
The Jewish expectations are adopted for example, by Papias, by the writer of the epistle of Barnabas, and by Justin.
Some consider the Epistle of James to be the New Testament version of the book of Proverbs.
The relationship, both literary and theological, between the epistle to the Ephesians and that to the Colossians is very close.