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Apostolic Canons
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The so-called Apostolic Canons are 85 in number. They made up the final part of the Apostolic Constitutions of Clement, a great canonical-liturgical work which was composed in eight books at the end of the 4th century CE. The literary creation, a common occurrence in that genre of literature, attests of itself an apostolic origin, but the text was transmitted by means of Clement. Many anonymous ancient texts pretended to have a Clementine origin. The length of each individual book of the Apostolic Constitutions was unequal. Their author or redactor had utilized preexisting texts: the Dida…

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Di Berardino, Angelo, “Apostolic Canons”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 03 October 2023 <>
First published online: 2018

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