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Friday, January 14, 2011

Byzantine Canon Law

Patrick Demetrios Viscuso is the author of previous important works on aspects of Byzantium, Orthodox canon law, and tradition. He also wrote a fascinating study, which I reviewed elsewhere, on reform in the Orthodox Church. Now he has recently come out with a translation of an important Byzantine canonical collection:

Sexuality, Marriage, and Celibacy in Byzantine Law: the Alphabetical Collection of Matthew Blastares: Selections from a Fourteenth-Century Encyclopedia of Canon Law (Brookline, MA: Holy Cross Orthodox Press, 2008), x+195pp.

This is a translation of excerpts from Matthew Blastares's Syntagma of 1335, an important alphabetical collection of nomokanons.

Alexander Laschuk will review this for us in the spring issue of Logos: A Journal of Eastern Christian Studies.

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