Antilegomena

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Antilegomena Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Antilegomena \An`ti*le*gom"e*na\, n. pl. [NL., fr. Gr. ? against + ? to speak; part. pass. ?.] (Eccl.) Certain books of the New Testament which were for a time not universally received, but which are now considered canonical. These are the Epistle to the Hebrews, the Epistles of James and Jude, the second Epistle of Peter, the second and third Epistles of John, and the Revelation. The undisputed books are called the Homologoumena.
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Antilegomena, (Greek αντιλεγομένα), are those Christian writings that were "disputed", or literally those works which some have "spoken against". This group is distinct from the notha ("spurious" or "rejected writings") and the Homologoumena ("accepted writings" such as the Canonical gospels).

The Antilegomena or disputed writings were widely read in the Early Church and included the Epistle of James, the Epistle of Jude, 2 Peter, 2 and 3 John, the Apocalypse of John, the Gospel according to the Hebrews, the Acts of Paul, the Shepherd of Hermas, the Apocalypse of Peter, the Epistle of Barnabas and the Didache.

In multiple languages and traditions the term Homologoumena is considered a viable alternative "friendly" form to the dogmatic terms Protocanonical and Deuterocanonical, with the only exception of those books that at the present day are not included in any Christian Canon of the Bible. So, in multiple traditions through the world, the Deuterocanonical books of the Old Testament are also known as Antilegomena of the Old Testament and the Antilegomena of the New Testament are also known as the Deuterocanonical books of the New Testament.

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