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La fête de la Dormition de Marie en Syrie a l’époque byzantine

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This chapter analyzes whether the Transitus Mariae is really apocryphal. The qualification of the apocryphal is based on the Gelasian Decree. The Gelasian Decree is a document that is both complex and curious. It is organized into five parts: the first concerns all dogmatic definitions relating to the Spirit; the second comprises canonical writings recognized by the universal Church; the third is a statement on the primacy of the Church of Rome; the fourth is a statement to the authorities that they must recognize ecumenical councils and Orthodox fathers; and the fifth is a list of apocryphal writings. This chapter analyzes the fifth part, which relates more specifically to the Apocrypha. Then, it focuses on the issue of the receipt of the Gelasian Decree and the opposition it aroused in some quarters. The chapter further examines the case record on Transitus Mariae in the Gelasian Decree. The original text of the chapter is in French.

Keywords: apocryphal writings; Church of Rome; Gelasian Decree; Transitus Mariae



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