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Notae ecclesiae
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The Niceno-Constantinopolitan Creed (proposed at the council in Constantinople in 381, officially promulgated at Chalcedon in 451) is fundamental to the question of the notae ecclesiae: “We believe in the one, holy, Christian, and apostolic church.” The terminology hagíanekklēsían was already used in the Old Roman Creed, the prototype of all Western creeds. The word hágios is borrowed from the Old Testament, which frequently calls God’s people “holy” (Exod 19:6; Isa 62:12). Paul, like other early Christian writers, calls Christians hágioi (Rom 1:7; 1 Cor 16:1…

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Neebe, Gudrun, “Notae ecclesiae”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 05 August 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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