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Statuta ecclesiae antiqua
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The Statuta ecclesiae antiqua (“Ancient Decisions of the Church”) is a later 5th-century CE compilation of mixed content comprising three parts: a guide to the examination of a bishop before his consecration, a collection of 89 brief canons, and a description of the rites to be followed when making appointments to different grades within a church. The title features prominently in many transmissions, including those closest to the t…

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Koziol, Geoffrey, “Statuta ecclesiae antiqua”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 26 February 2024 <>
First published online: 2018

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