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Metropolitan
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I. Early Church – II. Orthodox Canon Law

I. Early Church

The metropolitanate is an outgrowth of the emergence of synods, which in the late 2nd century slowly began to develop into the most important regional ecclesiastical authorities (see also Church polity: I, 3.a). As soon as synods began to assemble regularly on a provincial level (Ecclesiastical province), the bishop of the provincial capital acquired new authority, which increasingly became legally codified. At the beginning …

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Schöllgen, Georg and Schneider, Johann, “Metropolitan”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 12 November 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_COM_14045>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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