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This chapter focuses on the western part of the Mediterranean. Fifth and sixth century council texts referring to Christians and Jews mostly hail from Gaul. The chapter begins with a collection known as the Statuta Ecclesiae Antiqua, from fifth century southern Gaul. In the fifth century, the area of southern Gaul was divided into 'Narbonensis Prima' (capital Narbonne), and Viennensis (capital Arles). It was the most Romanized region of Gaul, according to the first century Pliny. The chapter then turns it focus to the council texts from fifth and sixth century Gaul to see what specific information they provide and discusses relevant church father texts to reconsider the content thereof. The text of the Statuta Ecclesiae Antiqua has come through various manuscripts. The version mostly used in early publications is the collection we have already met in Elvira and Laodicea, the Hispana.

Keywords: canon; Christian; Elvira; fifth century; Gaul; Hispana; Jew; Mediterranean; Statuta Ecclesiae Antiqua; Viennensis



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