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Apostolic Constitutions
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of Clement I, a collection in 8 books, are a reworking of three major sources: the Didascalia (I–VI), the Didache (VII, 1–22), and the so-called Apostolic Tradition (VIII; Traditio Apostolica ). They contain pastoral instructions on Christian ethics, congregational leadership, worship, ecclesiastical offices, the reconciliation of sinners, the gifts of the Spirit, alms, etc. Their theology bears the stamp of liturgical subordinationism, but it is hard to assign the work to any of the so-called church parties of the 4th century (Homoeans). It originated near An…

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Metzger, Marcel, “Apostolic Constitutions”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 16 August 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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