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Melito's Influence upon the Anaphora of Apostolic Constitutions 8. 121

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Drawing upon the work of Enrico Mazza, this article shows that Melito's On Soul and Body, which survives in fragmentary form in several versions, was one of the literary sources of the anaphora found in Apostolic Constitutions 8. 12 (AC). Specifically, six verbally similar clauses shared by the theopaschite christological hymn of On Soul and Body 13 and the Post-Sanctus of AC 8. 12. 33-4, as well as the three other literary parallels between On Pascha 46-105 and AC 8. 12 attest the anaphora's literary dependence upon Melito's works. In addition, a considerable overlap in content between Melito's and the AC redactor's (1) hymns in praise of the creator; (2) salvation histories based upon the OT hero lists; (3) recitals of divine acts in Exodus, make it probable that the oral tradition attested by On Pascha is behind the Preface of the anaphora.


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