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Apostolic Church Order
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[German Version]

. A fictive assembly of apostles (including a list of the apostles) opens this short church order. An adaptation of the teaching concerning the two ways (cf. Did. 1–4) constitutes the first section (4–14). The second section (15–29) contains legal norms governing the selection and duties of bishops, priests, lectors, deacons, and widows together with instructions for the laity and the ministry of women. The regulations are dictated by the individual apostles. The document appears to have originated in Egypt (or Syria?) at the beginning of the 4th century.

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Metzger, Marcel, “Apostolic Church Order”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 16 August 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_00937>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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