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The Authority Of Peter And Paul: The Use Of Biblical Authority During The Great Schism

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The Great Schism evoked writings in multiple genres, ranging from laments to legal depositions. In cases involving practice, including solution of the Schism, the Bible was the chief authority; but other sources, including the examples of the saints, were included. This chapter examines two texts about the same topic to see how they were used during the Great Schism. These texts are concerned with circumcision. The issue in the early Church of whether to impose Jewish practices on gentile converts was a crucial one, defining the division of the Christian movement from its Jewish roots. There are two important biblical passages that enter into our study, and they found an echo in canon law. They were employed at length or in brief references. One is found in the second chapter of Pauls letter to the Galatians. The other biblical passage is found in the Acts of the Apostles.

Keywords: biblical authority; Christian movement; Great Schism; Jewish practices; Paul

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