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Apostolical Constitutions
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The (Pseudo-) Apostolical Constitutions (AC) are a compilation and edition of older sources of canon law and liturgy that were probably created in the 2nd half of the 4th cent. AD in Syria. During the flowering of synodalism it postulated a gathering of all apostles at the Jerusalem Apostolic Council (Acta 15) that supposedly announced the AC, which are divided into eight books. The main sources are:  the Didascalia Apostolorum,  the Didache and the Traditio Apostolica (215) attributed to  Hippolytus. Descriptions of ecclesiastical offices and duties as well…

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Seibt, Klaus (Leonberg), “Apostolical Constitutions”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 04 December 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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