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The Council Of Laodicea

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In the fourth century, on the eastern side of the Mediterranean, a council took place in the Anatolian town of Laodicea. The council text contains approximately sixty canons. The canons have been divided into two groups, depending on the first words used in the statement. The canons deal with the clergy; liturgy and the sacraments; non-Christians and heretics; angels and magic; and the canon of Scripture. Two canons indicate specific relations between Christians and Jews (c. 37 and 38). Other canons describe Jewish practices undertaken by Christian faithful (c. 16 and 29). Two others are often considered to be part of the category of Jewish activities (c. 35 and 36).

Keywords: Anatolia; canons; Christian faithful; Jewish community; Laodicea

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