Archbishop John Miner, Sr.

President, Chancellor


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The Apostolic Canons[1] or Ecclesiastical Canons of the Same Holy Apostles[2] is a collection of ancient ecclesiastical decrees concerning the government and discipline of the Early Christian Church, first found as last chapter of the eighth book of the Apostolic Constitutions and belonging to genre of the Church Orders. Like the other Church Orders, the Apostolic Canons use a pseudepigraphic form, and their attribution to the Twelve Apostles is without any historical basis.

These eighty-five canons were approved by the Eastern Council in Trullo in 692 but rejected by Pope Constantine. In the Western Church only fifty of these canons circulated, translated in Latin by Dionysius Exiguus in about 500 AD, and included in the Western collections and afterwards in the "Corpus Juris Canonici". Canon n. 85 contains a list ofcanonical books, thus it is important for the history of the Biblical canon.



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