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Jacob Of Edessa And Canon Law

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One of the most important entries to the life and personality of Jacob of Edessa is undoubtedly the study of his activity in the field of canon law. Jacob?s respect for ecclesiastical canons is one of the most conspicuous features of the short biography of Jacob which can be found in the Chronicle of Michael the Syrian. According to Baumstark and Aphram Barsaum, Jacob would also be the translator of the Acts of the Council of Carthage held in the year 256. Though the question-and-answer genre is a well known literary construction, firmly rooted in the Syriac tradition, the natural and personal style of Jacob?s replies indicates that they really reflect what could be found in the original correspondence. The juridical compendia contain two different, be it closely related, series of questions by Addai.

Keywords: Addai; canon law; Jacob of Edessa; Syriac tradition



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