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The Canons Of Jacob Of Edessa In The Perspective Of The Christian Identity Of His Day

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Jacob of Edessa has left behind a voluminous, impressive, and important collection of writings. The author explains his initial amazement and to make it plausible that the lack of full citation of the Bible in Jacob?s canonical lawgiving was a matter of shrewd religious policy and the individual attempt of a learned bishop who aimed at saving the identity and lifestyle of Orthodox Christianity in the cultural and religious processes of ingroup-outgroup mechanisms of a radically changing world. Canons reflect the established decisions of the Church in matters of conflicting opinions or competing customs. The severe competition for dominance, the morally disputable Christian lifestyle and conduct, and the abuse of the Bible within the inner circle of the several Christian denominations, as well as the disputes about the quality and authority of the biblical text between Christians and Jews may have induced his fear for the fall of Christian Orthodoxy.

Keywords: canons; Christian Orthodoxy; Jacob of Edessa; religious policy



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