The Early Development of Canon Law and the Council of Serdica

The Early Development of Canon Law and the Council of Serdica

by Hamilton Hess

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The Early Development of Canon Law and the Council of Serdica by Hamilton Hess

When first published in 1958, The Canons of the Council of Sardica, AD 343 at once became the standard account of the canons passed by the Western bishops at Sardica in 343 and the thinking on church matters that lay behind them. In this new edition Hamilton Hess has updated his account in the light of recent literature, included new materials and the full texts of the canons, and translated all quotations into English to reach a wider audience. Three new opening chapters make a fresh contribution to the study of early church history in giving a comprehensive analysis of the rise of the conciliar movement from its earliest beginnings to the fourth century establishment of councils as exclusively episcopal legislative assemblies. It is also shown that the emergence of canon law was a gradual evolutionary process leading towards the sixth-century organization of canonical collections as juridical ecclesiastical codes parallel with and complementary to the contemporary civil codes of the Roman Empire.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780198269755
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 01/02/2003
Series: Oxford Early Christian Studies Series
Edition description: Subsequent
Pages: 292
Product dimensions: 8.60(w) x 5.70(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Hamilton Hess is Professor Emeritus, Department of Theology, University of San Francisco

Table of Contents

2. The Emergence of Canonical Legislation
3. The Development of an Ecclesiastical Rule of Law
Part II. Serdica: The Council and its Canons
4. The Council at Serdica
5. Historical and Textual Problems
6. Early Textual Transmission and Development
Part III. Studies in Interpretation
7. The Appointment of Bishops
8. The Translation of Bishops and Other Clergy
9. The Appeal Canons
10. Episcopal Visits to the Imperial Court
Table 1 The Numbering Systems of the Serdican Canons
Appendix Texts and Translations of the Serdican Canons

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