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Ante-Nicene Fathers, Vol VII:
Constitutions of the Holy Apostles: Sec. IV.—Enumeration Ordained by Apostles

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Sec. IV.—Enumeration Ordained by Apostles.

Who Were They that the Holy Apostles Sent and Ordained?

XLVI. Now concerning those bishops which have been ordained in our lifetime, we let you know that they are these:—James the bishop of Jerusalem, the brother of our Lord; 3535 upon whose death the second was Simeon the son of Cleopas; after whom the third was Judas the son of James. Of Cæsarea of Palestine, the first was p. 478 Zacchæus, who was once a publican; after whom was Cornelius, and the third Theophilus. Of Antioch, Euodius, ordained by me Peter; and Ignatius by Paul. Of Alexandria, Annianus was the first, ordained by Mark the evangelist; the second Avilius by Luke, who was also an evangelist. Of the church of Rome, Linus the son of Claudia was the first, ordained by Paul; 3536 and Clemens, after Linus’ death, the second, ordained by me Peter. 3537 Of Ephesus, Timotheus, ordained by Paul; and John, by me John. Of Smyrna, Aristo the first; after whom Stratæas the son of Lois; 3538 and the third Aristo. Of Pergamus, Gaius. Of Philadelphia, Demetrius, by me. Of Cenchrea, Lucius, by Paul. Of Crete, Titus. Of Athens, Dionysius. Of Tripoli in Phœnicia, Marathones. Of Laodicea in Phrygia, Archippus. 3539 Of Colossæ, Philemon. 3540 Of Borea in Macedonia, Onesimus, once the servant of Philemon. 3541 Of the churches of Galatia, Crescens. 3542 Of the parishes of Asia, Aquila and Nicetas. Of the church of Æginæ, Crispus. These are the bishops who are entrusted by us with the parishes in the Lord; whose doctrine keep ye always in mind, and observe our words. And may the Lord be with you now, and to endless ages, as Himself said to us when He was about to be taken up to His own God and Father. For says He, “Lo, I am with you all the days, until the end of the world. Amen.” 3543  


Footnotes

477:3535

[An incidental proof of the early origin of this compilation is furnished by the clear distinction it makes between James the son of Alphæus and James the brother of our Lord. The theory of Jerome, which identifies them, was later.—R.]  

478:3536

2 Tim. iv. 21.  

478:3537

[Noteworthy, and to be recalled hereafter. See vol. iii. p. 258.]  

478:3538

2 Tim. i. 5.  

478:3539

[Comp.Col. 4:16, 17., whence this is probably derived.—R.]  

478:3540

Philem. 1.  

478:3541

[Philem. 10.—R.]  

478:3542

[Comp. 2 Tim. iv. 10.—R.]  

478:3543

Matt. xxviii. 20.  


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