APOSTOLIC CANONS , a collection of eighty-five rules for the regulation of clerical
See also:life, appended to the eighth
See also:book of the
See also:Apostolical Constitutions (q.v.) . They are couched in brief legislative
See also:form though on no definite plan, and
See also:deal with the vexed questions of ecclesiastical discipline as they were raised towards the end of the 4th century . At least
See also:half of the canons are derived from earlier constitutions, and probably not many of them are the actual productions of the compiler, whose aim was to
See also:gloss over the real nature of the Constitutions, and secure their incorporation with the Epistles of
See also:Clement in the New Testament of his
See also:day . The Codex Alexandrinus does indeed append the Clementine Epistles to its text of the New Testament . The Canons may be a little later in date than the preceding Constitutions, but they are evidently from the same Syrian theological circle .
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