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Nicene and Ante-Nicene Fathers, Ser. II, Vol. XIV:
The Canons of the Synods of Sardica, Carthage, Constantinople, and Carthage Under St. Cyprian, Which Canons Were Received by the Council in Trullo and Ratified by II. Nice.: Canon XXIV

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Canon XXIV.  (Greek xxvii.)

That nothing be read in church besides the Canonical Scripture.

Item, that besides the Canonical Scriptures nothing be read in church under the name of divine Scripture.

But the Canonical Scriptures are as follows:






Joshua the Son of Nun.

The Judges.


The Kings, iv. books.

p. 454 The Chronicles, ij. books.


The Psalter.

The Five books of Solomon.

The Twelve Books of the Prophets.








Ezra, ij. books.

Macchabees, ij. books.

The New Testament.

The Gospels, iv. books.

The Acts of the Apostles, j. book.

The Epistles of Paul, xiv.

The Epistles of Peter, the Apostle, ij.

The Epistles of John the Apostle, iij.

The Epistles of James the Apostle, j.

The Epistle of Jude the Apostle, j.

The Revelation of John, j. book.

Let this be sent to our brother and fellow bishop, Boniface, and to the other bishops of those parts, that they may confirm this canon, for these are the things which we have received from our fathers to be read in church.


Ancient Epitome of Canon XXIV.

Let nothing besides the canonical Scriptures be read in church.

This is Canon xxxvj. of Hippo., 393.  The last phrase allowing the reading of the “passions of the Martyrs” on their Anniversaries is omitted from the African code.


These two books [i.e. the two Maccabees] are mentioned only in Dionysius Exiguus’s copy.  See Can. Ap. ult., Can. Laod. ult.

“Boniface,” i.e., Bishop of Rome.

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