Apostolic Constitutions


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late-4th-century compilation, in eight books, of administrative canons for the clergy and the laity and of guides for worship. They were supposed to be works of the apostles, but actually included the greater part of the Didascalia Apostolorum,
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late-4th-century compilation, in eight books, of administrative canons for the clergy and the laity and of guides for worship. They were supposed to be works of the apostles, but actually included the greater part of the Didascalia Apostolorum, a lost Greek treatise of 3d-century origin, most of the DidacheDidache
[Gr.,=teaching], early Christian work written in Greek, called also The Teaching of the Twelve Apostles. Dates for its composition suggested by scholars have ranged from A.D. 50 to A.D. 150.
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, and fragments from Hippolytus and Papias. The work concludes with a collection of 85 moral and liturgical canons known as the "Apostolic Canons," a portion of which became part of canon law of the Western Church. The work is thought to be of Syrian origin. The whole is a valuable primary source on early church history and practice.
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In addition to the New Testament books, the Apostolic Constitutions, the two letters of Clement, and Hermas are also canonical.
As early as the fourth-century Apostolic Constitutions, (116) there are clear differences between the ordinations of presbyter and deacon, on the one hand, and those of subdeacon and reader, on the other hand.
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The Greek Didascalia apostolorum, written in Syria in the third century, translated into Latin and Syriac in the fourth century, and reworked in Greek by the redactor of the Apostolic Constitutions around 380 near Antioch, represents a prime witness to this tradition.
However, it is not a substitution for a tradition in which the Spirit was invoked, but an extension of that bipartite paleoanaphoric tradition akin to Apostolic Constitutions 7.
He is perhaps the papacy's most prolific writer--author of 14 encyclicals, 42 apostolic letters, 15 apostolic exhortations, 10 apostolic constitutions, hundreds of public addresses, numerous poems, five books and a number of plays--all this in addition to being the most traveled and most influential pope of the modern age.
Also, the dating of Pentecost is problematic: since the late-fourth-century Apostolic Constitutions mentions the feast (5.
1, Basil of Caesarea, Epistle 93, and the Apostolic Constitutions V.
Several church orders, including the Epitome of Book VIII of the Apostolic Constitutions, the Canons of Hippolytus, and the Testamentum Domini as well as some Greek fragments clearly attest to the original.
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Developments and differences are traced by focusing on various documents such as Apostolic Constitutions VIII, or the homilies of St John Chrysostom, and the East Syrian Expositio Officiorum.