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Chorbishop (Gk χωρεπίσκοπος, επίσκοπος τῆς χώρας/chōrepíscopos, epíscopos tēs chōras; Lat. chorepiscopus, episcopus vicanus) is the term designating a bishop who had authority over rural (Gk χώρα/chōra or κώμη/kōme; Lat. pagus or vicus) Christian communities, whereas a bishop was the religious leader of an urban community (πόλις/pólis). This ministry emerged, as can be inferred from documents, in the East between the 2nd and the 3rd centuries …

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Benga, Daniel, “Chorbishop”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 28 September 2020 <>
First published online: 2018

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