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A '''pericope''' ([[w:Greek language|Greek]] περικοπή; [[w:Church Slavonic language|Slavonic]]: Зачало (''Zachalo''), "a cutting-out") is a portion of text selected to be read aloud, such as the [[Epistle]] and [[Gospel]] readings.
This is also a term used in biblical studies in reference to distinct textual units, which are sections of scripture with a definable beginning and ending, for example, a parable in the Gospels is a distinct textual unit, as are particular accounts of miracles that Christ worked.
[[Lectionary|Lectionaries]] are normally made up of pericopes containing the [[Epistle]] and [[Gospel]] readings for the liturgical year. A pericope consisting of passages from different parts of a single book, or from different books of the Bible, and linked together into a single reading is called a ''[http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/concatenation concatenation]'' or ''composite reading''.
*[https://web.archive.org/web/20150325033805/http://www.godward.org/archives/bs%20notes/bible%20study%20notes%20no%20one%20pericope1.htm What is a "Pericope"?]
*[http://virtualreligion.net/primer/pericope.html "Pericope"] from ''A [[Synoptic gospels|Synoptic Gospels]] Primer''
*To hear the correct pronunciation of the word, [http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pericope?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=p&file=perico01 click here]
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