Definition of pericope in English:


Syllabification: pe·ric·o·pe
Pronunciation: /pəˈrikəpē


  • An extract from a text, especially a passage from the Bible.
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    • So how do we preach apocalyptic texts and Advent pericopes so that people will listen?
    • If a casual perusal of the more popular monographs and periodical literature is any measure, observation of Scripture often can produce a study focused on an isolated pericope or text.
    • The juxtaposition of this passage with the following pericope underscores this theme of discontinuity.


mid 17th century: via late Latin from Greek perikopē 'section', from peri- 'around' + kopē 'cutting' (from koptein 'to cut').

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