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Episcopal Elections 250-600Hierarchy and Popular Will in Late Antiquity$
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Peter Norton

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199207473

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199207473.001.0001

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Legislation and Theory

Legislation and Theory

(p.18) 2 Legislation and Theory
Episcopal Elections 250-600


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This chapter examines the legislation, predominantly the canons promulgated by church councils, but also the civil legislation issued by Justinian, and ‘the theory’ of elections, compiled from commentary upon actual elections. It is argued that it was never the intention of the legislation to take the choice of the bishop out of the hands of the local community; nor was it ever set out as a comprehensive set of regulations for elections, but only as a set of rules to prevent potential abuse.

Keywords:   church councils, civil legislation, episcopal elections, bishops, Justinian

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