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Apostolic Canons
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The Apostolic Constitutions include a collection of canons (AC VIII, 47) comprising in part earlier synodical canons, especially those of the synods of Antioch (c. 340) and Laodicea (c. 360). The division into 85 canons came to be generally accepted. The Apostolic Canons contain instructions for the selection of church officials and duties within the community, as well as a list of the biblical books (with 1 and 2 Clement and the Apostolic Constitutions). Separated from the Apostolic Constitutions, the 85 canons constitute the earliest source of ec…

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Metzger, Marcel, “Apostolic Canons”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 22 September 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_00935>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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