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Subscribing bishops and invented apostles: the search for the earliest north Italian churches

Mark Humphries

in Communities of the Blessed

Published in print January 2000 | ISBN: 9780198269830
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191683824 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198269830.003.0003

Series: Oxford Early Christian Studies

Subscribing bishops and invented apostles: the search for the earliest north Italian churches

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This chapter traces the origin of Christianity and the first Christian churches in northern Italy using the records of church councils in Rimini, Milan, Serdica, Arles, and Rome. The first mention of northern Italian churches came after the bishops attended the synods 313 in Rome and 314 in Arles to resolve the Donatist dispute in Africa. Because of the problematic nature of these conciliar documents, the study also used medieval literature about bishops, confessors, and martyrs. Despite the limitations of the lists of conciliar subscriptions, they provide a partial guide to the existence of episcopal sees and the names they list may be helpful in determining the involvement of the north Italian episcopate in broader ecclesiastical affairs.

Keywords: churches; Christianity; religious history; synods; northern Italy

Chapter.  11153 words. 

Subjects: Early Christianity

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