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Apostles’ Creed
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1. History and Setting

The Apostles’ Creed, an early confession (Confession of Faith), was first referred to as the Symbolum apostolorum in a letter from the Council of Milan (390) to Pope Syricius (384–99). According to an ancient tradition, its text arose from an attempt by the apostles to formulate a common rule of faith, with each apostle contributing a statement. This story, told by T. Rufinus (ca. 345–411), is merely a legend, but it does illustrate the high esteem in wh…

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Lochman, Jan Milič and Meijering, Eginhard P., “Apostles’ Creed”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 13 August 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_A521>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512

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