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Apostolic Constitutions
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The Apostolic Constitutions (Constitutiones apostolorum) is one of a number of early Christian texts known collectively to modern scholars as ancient church orders (Bradshaw, 2015), in this case containing extensively reworked and expanded versions of three others – the Didascalia apostolorum (forming Books 1–6 of the work), the Didache (in Book 7), and the Apostolic Tradition (in Book 8) – together with some other material in Books 7–8. It claimed to embody the teaching of the apostles mediate…

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Bradshaw, Paul F., “Apostolic Constitutions”, 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 June 2023 <>
First published online: 2018

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