the epistles of James, Peter, John, and Jude; so called because they are addressed to Christians in general, and not to any church or person in particular.
M.G. Easton M.A., D.D., Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Third Edition,
published by Thomas Nelson, 1897. Public Domain, copy freely.
Bibliography InformationEaston, Matthew George. "Entry for Catholic epistles". "Easton's Bible Dictionary".