APOSTOLIC CANONS, a collection of eighty-five rules for the
regulation of clerical life, appended to the eighth book of the
Apostolical Constitutions (q.v.). They are couched in brief
legislative form though on no definite plan, and deal with the
vexed questions of ecclesiastical discipline as they were raised
towards the end of the 4th century. At least half of the canons
are derived from earlier constitutions, and probably not many
of them are the actual productions of the compiler, whose aim
was to gloss over the real nature of the Constitutions, and secure
their incorporation with the Epistles of Clement in the New
Testament of his day. The Codex Alexandrinus does indeed
append the Clementine Epistles to its text of the New Testament.
The Canons may be a little later in date than the preceding
Constitutions, but they are evidently from the same Syrian
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