The Decretals

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The Decretals. Translated by Rev. S. D. F. Salmond.

Introductory Notice to The Decretals.

The Epistles of Zephyrinus.

The First Epistle.

The Second Epistle.

I. On the Spoliation or Expulsion of certain Bishops.

II. On the Ordination of Presbyters and Deacons.

Notes by the American Editor.

The Epistles of Pope Callistus.

The First Epistle.

I. (Of the seasons for fasting.)

II. (Of accusations against doctors.)

The Second Epistle.


I. (Of those who conspire against bishops, or who take part with such.)

II. (Of those who have intercourse with excommunicated persons, or with unbelievers.)

III. (That no bishop should presume in anything pertaining to another's parish, and of the transference of bishops.)

IV. (Of marriages among blood-relations, and of those who are born of them; and of accusations which the laws reject.)

V. (Of those who ought not to be admitted to prefer an accusation, or to bear witness; and that evidence is not to be given but on things happening in the person's presence.)

VI. (As to whether a priest may minister after a lapse.)

Note by the American Editor.

The Epistle of Pope Urban First.


I. Of the life in common, and of the reason why the Church has begun to hold property.

II. Of the persons by whom, and the uses for which, ecclesiastical property should be managed, and of the invaders thereof.

III. As to any one's attempting to take from the Church the right of holding property.

IV. Of the seats of the bishops.

V. That no one should have intercourse with those with whom the bishop has no intercourse, or receive those whom he rejects.

VI. Of the engagement made in baptism, and of those who have given themselves to the life in common.

VII. Of the imposition of the bishop's hand.

The Epistles of Pope Pontianus.

The First Epistle.

The Second Epistle.

Note by the American Editor.

Pope Anterus.

The Epistles of Pope Fabian.

The First Epistle. To All the Ministers of the Church Catholic.

The Second Epistle. To All the Bishops of the East.

I. That new chrism should be made every year, and the old be burnt.

II. Of the right of bishops not to be accused or hurt by detraction.

The Third Epistle.

I. Of those who ought not to be admitted to the right of accusation.

II. Of extraneous judgments.

III. Of the arraigned.

IV. Of the case of any one bringing forward a charge in passion, or failing to prove his allegations.

V. On the question of an accused bishop appealing to the seat of the apostles.

Note by the American Editor.

Decrees of Fabian.

The Decrees of the Same, from the Codex of Decrees in Sixteen Books, from the Fifth Book, and the Seventh and Ninth Chapters.


Memoirs of Edessa. And Other Ancient Syriac Documents. [Translated by the Rev. B. P. Pratten, B.A.]

Introductory Notice to Memoirs of Edessa and Other Syriac Documents.

Ancient Syriac Documents Relating to the Earliest Establishment of Christianity in Edessa and the Neighbouring Countries.

Ancient Syriac Documents. A Canticle of Mar Jacob the Teacher on Edessa.

Ancient Syriac Documents. Extracts from Various Books Concerning Abgar the King and Addæus the Apostle.

I. Of the blessed Addæus the apostle. From his teaching which he gave in Edessa before Abgar the King and the assembly of the city.

II. From the teaching of Addæus the apostle, which was spoken in the city of Edessa.

III. From the epistle of Addæus the apostle, which he spake in the city of Edessa.

IV. Addæus preached at Edessa and in Mesopotamia

V. For they did not suffer that selection of the Seventy-two to be wanting

VI. From the departure of Marath Mary from the world, and the birth and childhood of our Lord Jesus Christ. Book the Second.

VII. From the homily composed by the holy Mar Jacob, the teacher, on the fall of idols.

VIII. From the homily about the town of Antioch.

Ancient Syriac Documents. The Teaching of Addæus the Apostle.

Syriac Calendar.

Ancient Syriac Documents. The Teaching of the Apostles.

Ancient Syriac Documents. The Teaching of Simon Cephas in the City of Rome.

Ancient Syriac Documents. Acts of Sharbil, Who Was a Priest of Idols, and Was Converted to the Confession of Christianity in Christ.

Further, the Martyrdom of Barsamya, the Bishop of the Blessed City Edessa.


Ancient Syriac Documents. Martyrdom of Habib the Deacon.

Ancient Syriac Documents. Martyrdom of the Holy Confessors Shamuna, Guria, and Habib, from Simeon Metaphrastes.

Ancient Syriac Documents. Moses of Chorene. History of Armenia.

I. Reign of Abgar

II. Founding of the town of Edessa; brief account of the race of our illuminator.

III. Abgar comes into the East, maintains Ardachès upon the throne of Persia; reconciles his brothers from whom our illuminator and his relations are descended.

IV. Abgar returns from the east; he gives help to Aretas in a war against Herod the Tetrarch.

V. Abgar sends princes to Marinus; these deputies see our Saviour Christ; beginning of the conversion of Abgar.

VI. Abgar's letter to the Saviour Jesus Christ.

VII. Answer to Abgar's letter, which the apostle Thomas wrote to this prince by command of the Saviour.

VIII. Preaching of the apostle Thaddæus at Edessa; copy of five letters.

IX. Martyrdom of our apostles.

X. Reign of Sanadroug; murder of Abgar's children; the princess Helena.

XI. Restoration of the town of Medzpine; name of Sanadroug; his death.

Ancient Syriac Documents. Homily on Habib the Martyr, Composed by Mar Jacob.

A Homily on Guria and Shamuna, Composed by Mar Jacob.

Introduction to Ancient Syriac Documents.

Ancient Syriac Documents. Bardesan.

Ancient Syriac Documents. A Letter of Mara, Son of Serapion.

Ancient Syriac Documents. Ambrose.


Remains of the Second and Third Centuries. [Translated by the Rev. B. P. Pratten.]

Introductory Notice to Remains of the Second and Third Centuries.

Quadratus, Bishop of Athens.

Aristo of Pella.

Melito, the Philosopher.

I. A Discourse Which Was in the Presence of Antoninus Cæsar

II. From the Discourse on Soul and Body.

III. From the Discourse on the Cross.

IV. On Faith.

V. This is He who took a bodily form in the Virgin

VI. He that bore up the earth was borne up on a tree. The Lord was subjected to ignominy with naked body--God put to death, the King of Israel slain!


I. From the Work on the Passover. When Servilius Paulus was proconsul of Asia, at the time that Sagaris suffered martyrdom, there arose a great controversy at Laodicea concerning the time of the celebration of the Passover, which on that occasion had happened to fall at the proper season; and this treatise was then written.

II. From the Apology Addressed to Marcus Aurelius Antoninus.

III. From the Same Apology.

IV. From the Book of Extracts.

V. From the Catena on Genesis.

VI. Two Scholia on Genesis XXII. 13.

VII. On the Nature of Christ.

VIII. From the Oration on Our Lord's Passion.

IX. Head of the Lord


Fragments from His Five Books of Commentaries on the Acts of the Church.

Concerning the Martyrdom of James, the Brother of the Lord, from Book

Concerning the Relatives of Our Saviour.

Concerning the Martyrdom of Symeon the son of Clopas, Bishop of Jerusalem.

Concerning His Journey to Rome, and the Jewish Sects.

Dionysius, Bishop of Corinth.


Maximus, Bishop of Jerusalem.

Claudius Apollinaris, Bishop of Hierapolis, and Apologist.

Polycrates, Bishop of Ephesus.

Theophilus, Bishop of Cæsarea in Palestine.

Serapion, Bishop of Antioch.


Pantænus, the Alexandrian Philosopher.


Note by the American Editor.



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