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The Apostolic Canons

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The Apostolic Canons form the penultimate section of Book VIII of the Apostolic Constitutions. They are not a council text as such, however, the composition and phrasing of the rulings indicate that they are a collection of conciliar statements. The Canons form part of the Apostolic Constitutions. Apparently Christians had appropriated prayers of Jewish origin. Geographically and theologically, Antioch's influence spread far. The province of Antioch extended into southern Turkey, and included Tarsus and much of the southern coastal region. The gradual growth of the Jewish community and its large-scale organization can be seen in the fact that they had an archon, or leader of the community, and even had a court of law. From an early period onwards, the text of the Apostolic Canons appears as part of the text of the Apostolic Constitutions. The Apostolic Constitutions also include 'Christian sabbath Amidah prayers'.

Keywords: Antioch; Apostolic Canons; Christian; Jewish; Tarsus; Turkey

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