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Apostolic Church Order
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The Apostolic Church Order (Ger. Apostolische Kirchenordnung; Fr. Canons ecclésiastiques des apôtres) is a text describing a fictive apostolic council, at which 11 apostles (Apostle/Disciple) are present. Kephas and Peter are counted as separate apostles, as are Nathanael and Bartholomew. Opening chapters set the agenda, by which the apostles are to determine the organizational arrangements for the church following the instructions left by Jesus (Christ, Jesus, 01: Survey). Each then speaks in turn.

After the introduction, in…

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Stewart, Alistair C., “Apostolic Church Order”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 10 June 2023 <>
First published online: 2018

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