The catholic epistles.
Seven canonical epistles attributed to apostles other than Paul.
Epistle of James .
Epistle 1 of Peter .
Epistle 2 of Peter .
Epistle 1 of John .
Epistle 2 of John .
Epistle 3 of John .
Epistle of Jude .
The seven catholic (καθολικος,
universal or general) epistles are the epistle of James,
the two epistles of Peter, the three epistles of John, and the epistle
Prologue to the catholic epistles (Latin text from
Daniel J. Theron, Evidence
of Tradition, page 89):
Canones novi testamenti:
Primus Petrus scripsit, secundus Iacobus, tertius
Matheus, quartus Iudas, quintus Paulus, sextus
Barnabas, septimus Lucas, octavus Marcus, nonus
Iohannes. quare primus Iacobus in ordine epistularum
ponitur, cum primus Petrus in ordine canonis scripsit?
hac de causa fuit, prerogativa apostolici ordinis, ut
quidam interpretantur [significat] vel prestantius
est, ut adfirmant alii, ut Petrus ponatur primus, cum
primus scripsit. dicunt quidam epistula Iacobi quod
ab illo sit edita eius nomine, quorum opinio falsa
Canons of the New Testament: Peter wrote first,
second James, third Matthew, fourth Jude, fifth Paul,
sixth Barnabas, seventh Luke, eighth Mark, ninth John.
Why is James placed first in the order of the epistles,
when it was Peter who wrote first in the order of the
canon? It was for this cause, to wit, the prerogative
of the apostolic order, as some interpret it [or as it
signifies], or it is, as others affirm, more fitting
that Peter should be placed first, since he wrote first.
Some, whose opinion is false, say that the epistle of
James was edited by Peter in his name.