Meaning of pericope in English:


Pronunciation /pɪˈrɪkəpi/


  • An extract from a text, especially a passage from the Bible.

    ‘a book of pericopes’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Therefore, premarital catechesis ought to focus on identifying and expounding the essential elements of the service - just as any good sermon tries to make one or two main points, not to be a full exegetical lecture on the pericope.’
    • ‘Using the techniques of source criticism and form criticism, historical-critical scholarship analyzed biblical pericopes and looked through them to reconstruct the history of the traditions that lay behind the canonical documents.’
    • ‘As I see it, answering this question is key to preaching these pericopes.’
    • ‘The lectionary does preachers a disservice by cutting out verses 32-34: they are essential to the pericope.’
    • ‘This pericope includes the most majestic hymn in the Book of Revelation.’
    • ‘These canonical connections are often suggestive but may be mistaken for literary or theological leveling unless the reader is made aware of the different redemptive historical settings of the pericopes involved.’
    • ‘When I began ordained ministry as an assistant pastor in Fairport, New York, I was invited to be part of a pastors' group that met monthly to study the pericopes for the next month's preaching.’
    • ‘More important than the historical contexts of the appointed texts, the preacher needs to recognize that Reformation Sunday shapes our interpretation of these pericopes.’
    • ‘The pericopes are necessarily abbreviations of the larger sermons or stories from which they are taken.’
    • ‘On one hand, it is to be commended for the depth of treatment of individual pericopes.’
    • ‘Homilists need to be fully aware of the theology of each evangelist to establish the context at that point in the whole Gospel of the given pericope they choose to preach on.’
    • ‘This pericope demonstrates the power of liturgical action.’
    • ‘Something similar may be occurring in the Easter pericope.’
    • ‘Our pericope is an admonition to live up to the calling of discipleship by avoiding a long list of negative behaviors and aspiring to unity in the church.’
    • ‘The preacher can make good use of this material, but by making broad allusions to many stories rather than by exposition of a single pericope.’
    • ‘My point is that the preacher will need to move away from a method of close exposition of a single pericope to take a broader look at the larger plot.’
    • ‘The pluriformity of biblical data seems to call for a modest but correct exegesis of biblical texts that recognizes whatever unity or disunity there may be (whether of a verse or pericope or book).’
    extract, part, section, piece, portion, fragment, snippet, clip, bit, selection, reading


Mid 17th century via late Latin from Greek perikopē ‘section’, from peri- ‘around’ + kopē ‘cutting’ (from koptein ‘to cut’).