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The role of apostolicity in the early church was extremely important. Apostolicity is the belief that something, usually a writing or ecclesiastical office, was produced by or connected to a person from the historical Jesus’ (Christ, Jesus, 01: Survey) most inner circle. If a writing were believed to come from the hand of one of Jesus’ apostles – persons such as Matthew, Simon Peter, James the son of Zebede…

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Gilliam III, Paul R., “Apostolicity”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 30 November 2023 <>
First published online: 2018

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