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Selected Bibliography on Eastern Christian Canon Law

(This is a bibliography which I have compiled with literature that I have found useful. It makes no claims to be exhaustive.)

F. A. Biener. De collectionibus canonum ecclesiae Graecae schediasma litterarum. Berlin: 1827.

J. W. Bickell. Geschichte des Kirchenrecht I:1-2. Giessen/Frankfurt am Main: 1843-1849.

J. von Zhishman. Das Eherecht der orientalischen Kirche. Wien: 1864.

C. W. E. Heimbach, “Griechisch-römischen Recht im Mittelalter und in der Neuzeit” in Allgemeine Encyclopädie der Wissenschaften und Künsten, edited by J. S. Ersch and J. G. Gruber, Erste Section A-G 86. Teil, Leipzig: 1868; reprint Graz: 1976.

K. E. Zachariä von Lingenthal. “Die Handbücher des geistlichen Rechts aus den Zeiten des untergehenden byzantinischen Reiches und der türkischen Herrschaft.” 1881; reprint in Kleine Schriften zur römischen und byzantinischen Rechtsgeschichte, Band 2, Leipzig: 1973.

K. E. Zachariä von Lingenthal. “Über den Verfasser und die Quellen des (Pseudo-Photianischen) Nomokanon in XIV Titeln.” 1885; reprint in Kleine Schriften zur römischen und byzantinischen Rechtsgeschichte, Band 2, Leipzig: 1973.

K. E. Zachariä von Lingenthal. “Die Synopsis canonum. Ein Beitrag zur Geschichte der Quellen des kanonischen Rechts der griechischen Kirche.” 1887; reprint in Kleine Schriften zur römischen und byzantinischen Rechtsgeschichte, Band 2, Leipzig: 1973.

Μ. Γεδεών. “Αἱ παρ΄ ἡμῖν συλλογαὶ τῶν ἱερῶν κανόνων κατὰ τοὺς τελευταίους χρόνους,” Ἐκκλησιαστικὴ Ἀλήθεια 8 (1887-1888): 6-8, 15-16, 25-28, 41-44.

G. Pfannmüller. Die kirchliche Gesetzgebung Justinians hauptsächlich auf Grund der Novellen. Berlin: 1902.

N. Milaš. Pravoslavno crkveno pravo. 2nd ed. Mostar: 1902; reprint Beograd: 2004.

N. Mikasch. Das Kirchenrecht der morgenländischen Kirche. 2nd ed. Mostar: 1905.

L. K. Goetz. Kirchenrechtliche und kulturgeschichtliche Denkmäler Altrusslands nebst Geschichte des russischen Kirchenrechts. Stuttgart: 1905; reprint Amsterdam: 1963.

A. Knecht. System des justinianischen Kirchenvermögensrechtes. Stuttgart: 1905; reprint Amsterdam: 1963.

J. Hefele/C. Leclercq. Histoire des conciles, volumes 1-4, Paris: 1907.

A. von Harnack. Enstehung und Entwicklung der Kirchenverfassung und des Kirchenrechts in den zwei ersten Jahrhunderten. Leipzig: 1910; reprint Darmstadt: 1980.

R. Sohm. Kirchenrecht. 2 volumes, 2nd ed. Leipzig: 1923; reprint Berlin: 1970.

R. Sohm. “Das altkatholischen Kirchenrecht und das Dekret Gratians” in FS für Adolf Wach. Leipzig: 1918; reprint Darmstadt: 1967

E. Schwartz. “Die Kanonessammlungen der alten Reichskirche,” Zeitschrift der Savigny-Stiftung für Rechtsgeschichte, kan. Abt. 25 (1936): 1-114; reprint in Gesammelte Schriften, 4. Band, Berlin: 1960.

H.-G. Beck. Kirche und theologische Literatur im byzantinischen Reich. München: 1959; reprint 1977.

W. Plöchl. Geschichte des Kirchenrecht, Band I: Das Recht des ersten christlichen Jahrtausends von der Urkirche bis zum grossen Schisma. 2nd ed. Wien: 1960.

I. Žužek. Kormčaja kniga : studies on the chief code of Russian canon law. Roma: 1964.

L. Buisson. “Das Entstehung des Kirchenrechts,” Zeitschrift der Savigny-Stiftung für Rechtsgeschichte, kan. Abt. 52 (1966): 1-175.

C. de Clercq. Fontes iuridici ecclesiarum orientalium. Roma: 1967.

H. E. Feine. Kirchliche Rechtsgeschichte. 5th ed. Köln: 1972.

O. Heggelbacher. Geschichte des früchristlichen Kirchenrechts bis zum Konzil von Nizäa 325. Freiburg, Schweiz: 1974.

H. J. Sieben. Die Konzilsidee der Alten Kirche. Paderborn: 1979.

E. Herrmann. Ecclesia in Re Publica: Die Entwicklung der Kirche von pseudostaatlicher zu staatlich inkorporierter Existenz. Frankfurt am Main: 1980.

W. Selb. Orientalisches Kirchenrecht, Band I: Die Geschichte des Kirchenrecht der Nestorianer. Wien: 1981.

J. Gaudemet. Les sources du droit de l’Église en Occident du IIe au VIIe siècle. Paris: 1985.

W. Selb. Orientalisches Kirchenrecht, Band II: Die Geschichte des Kirchenrecht der Westsyrer. Wien: 1989.

Π. Μενεβίσογλου. Ἱστορικὴ εἰσαγωγὴ εἰς τοὺς κανόνας τῆς Ὀρθοδόξου Ἐκκληεσίας. Stockholm: 1991.

B. Steimer. Vertex Traditionis: Die Gattung der altchristlichen Kirchenordnungen. Berlin: 1992.

G. Nedungatt/M. Featherstone. The Council in Trullo Revisited. Roma: 1995.

H. Ohme. Kanon Ekklesiastikos: Die Bedeutung des altkirchlichen Kanonbegriffs. Berlin: 1998.

H. S. Alivizatos. Die Oikonomia. Frankfurt am Main: 1998.

P. Erdö. Theologie des kanonischen Rechts. Münster: 1999.

P. Erdö. Storia della scienza del diritto canonico. Roma: 1999.

G. Nedungatt. A Guide to the Eastern Code. Roma: 2002.

L. J. Patsavos. Spiritual Dimensions of the Holy Canons. Brookline, Massachusetts: 2003.

S. N. Troianos. “Akribeia und Oikonomia in den heiligen Kanones” in Ius Ecclesiarum Vehiculum Caritatis, Vatican: 2004.

P. Gherri. Lezioni di teologia del diritto canonico. Roma: 2004.

G. Richter. Oikonomia: Der Gebrauch des Wortes Oikonomia im Neuem Testament, bei den Kirchenvätern und in der theologischen Literatur bis ins 20. Jahrhundert. Berlin: 2005.

H. Ohme. Das Konzil Quinisextum. Turnhout: 2006.

Π. Μενεβίσογλου. Δύο πολύτιμα χειρόγραφα ἱερῶν κανόνων. Katerini: 2006.

Π. Μενεβίσογλου. Αἱ ἐκδόσεις τῶν ἱερῶν κανόνων κατὰ τὸν 16ον καὶ 17ον αἰῶνα (1531-1672). Katerini: 2007.

P. Rodopoulos. An Overview of Orthodox Canon Law. Rollinsford, New Hampshire: 2007.

B. E. Ferme. Introduction to the History of the Sources of Canon Law: The Ancient Law up to the Decretum of Gratian. Montréal: 2007.

R. Potz/E. Synek. Orthodoxes Kirchenrecht: Eine Einführung. Freistadt: 2007.

K. Schatz. Allgemeine Konzilien: Brennpunkte der Kirchengeschichte. 2nd ed. Paderborn: 2008.

P. Erdö. Storia delle fonti del diritto canonico. Venezia: 2008.

Π. Μπούμης. Κανονικόν Δίκαιον. 3d ed. Athens: 2008.

Π. Μενεβίσογλου. Τὸ Πηδάλιον καὶ ἅλλαι ἐκδόσεις τῶν ἱερῶν κανόνων κατὰ τὸν 18ον αἰῶνα. Katerini: 2008.

Π. Μενεβίσογλου. Τὸ Σύνταγμα Ράλλη καὶ Ποτλῆ καὶ ἅλλαι ἐκδόσεις τῶν ἱερῶν κανόνων κατὰ τὸν 19ον καὶ 20ὸν αἰῶνα. Katerini: 2009.

Σ. Τρωιάνος/Ι. Βελισσαροπούλου-Καράκωστα. Ιστορία Δικαίου. 4th ed. Athens: 2010.

M. Fiedrowicz. Theologie der Kirchenväter: Grundlagen frühchristlicher Glaubensreflexion. 2nd ed. Freiburg: 2010.

Σ. Ν. Τρωιάνος. Οι πηγές του Βυζαντινού Δικαίου. 3d ed. Athens: 2011.

J. Otaduy. Lezioni di diritto canonico: Parte generale. Venezia: 2011.

W. Hartmann/K. Pennington. The History of Byzantine and Eastern Canon Law to 1500. Washington, D.C.: Catholic University of America Press, 2012.

Π. Μενεβίσογλου. Λεξικὸν τῶν ἱερῶν κανόνων. Katerini: 2013.

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Selected Bibliography of Byzantine Law

Spyros Troianos provides extensive general bibliographies on Byzantine law in his Οι πηγές του Βυζαντινού Δικαίου (3d ed. 2011) and Ιστορία Δικαίου (4th ed. 2010). The following are the general works in other languages than Greek in chronological order:

Overviews and handbooks

J. A. B. Mortreuil, Histoire du droit byzantine, 3 volumes, Paris: 1843-1844-1846; reprint Osnabrück 1966.

C. W. E. Heimbach, “Griechisch-römischen Recht im Mittelalter und in der Neuzeit” in Allgemeine Encyclopädie der Wissenschaften und Künsten, edited by J. S. Ersch and J. G. Gruber, Erste Section A-G 86. Teil, Leipzig: 1868; reprint Graz: 1976.

K. E. Zachariä von Lingenthal, Geschichte des griechisch-römischen Rechts, 3d ed. Berlin: 1892; reprint Aalen: 1955.

L. Siciliano Villanueva, Diritto bizantino, Milano: 1906.

P. Krüger, Geschichte der Quellen und Literatur des römischen Rechts, 2nd ed. München-Leipzig: 1912.

H. von Wittken, Die Entwicklung des Rechts nach Justinian in Byzanz, Halle: 1928.

E. Albertario, Introduzione storica allo studio del diritto romano giustinianeo, Milano: 1935.

A. d’Emilia, Lezioni di diritto Romano, Roma: 1947-1949.

L. Wenger, Die Quellen des römischen Rechts, Wien: 1953; reprint 2000.

H.-G. Beck, Kirche und theologische Literatur im byzantinischen Reich, München: 1959; reprint 1977.

H. J. Scheltema, “Byzantine Law” in The Cambridge Medieval History IV: The Byzantine Empire, Part II, Cambridge: 1967. Reprint in H. J. Scheltema, Opera minora ad iuris historiam pertinentia, Groningen: 2004.

N. Svoronos, Storia del diritto e delle istituzioni, 3 volumes, Roma: 1982.

P. E. Pieler, “Byzantinische Rechtsliteratur” in H. Hunger, Die hochsprachliche profane Literatur der Byzantiner, München: 1978.

J. Karayannopoulos and G. Weiss, Quellenkunde zur Geschichte von Byzanz (324-1453), Wiesbaden: 1982.

N. van der Wal and J. H. A. Lokin, Historiae iuris graeco-romani delineatio: Les sources du droit byzantine de 300 à 1453, Groningen:  1985.

Fr. Brandileone, Il diritto bizantino nell’Italia meridionale dall’VIII al XII secolo, Napoli: 1987.

P. E. Pieler, “Die Rechtsliteratur” in Neues Handbuch der Literaturwissenschaft IV: Spätantike, Wiesbaden: 1997.

M. Th. Fögen, “Römisches Recht, II, Byzanz” in Der Neue Pauly 15:2, Stuttgart-Weimar: 2002.

The Oxford International Encyclopedia of Legal History.

Periodicals

Forschungen zur byzantinischen Rechtsgeschichte

Forschungen zur byzantinischen Rechtsgeschichte – Athener Reihe

Subseciva Groningana – Studies in Roman and Byzantine Law

Review: Modern Greek textbooks on Byzantine law

Ιστορία δικαίουThe Byzantine canon law tradition, which is the common law of the Eastern Orthodox Churches, developed in the context of Byzantine legal culture. It is, therefore, important to have a general understanding of Byzantine law when researching Eastern Orthodox canon law. Spyros Troianos and Ioulia Velissaropoulou-Karakosta have published a very useful textbook on legal history which also covers Byzantine law:

Σ. Τρωιάνος/Ι. Βελισσαροπούλου-Καράκωστα. Ιστορία Δικαίου. 4th ed. Athens: Nomiki Bibliothiki, 2010, 270 pages.

This textbook of legal history covers ancient Greek law, Roman law, Byzantine law, Post-Byzantine law, and Modern Greek law. It has extensive Οι Πηγές του Βυζαντινού Δικαίουand updated bibliographies. The third section (pp. 127-233) covers Byzantine law. This section covers the origin of Byzantine law, the sources of Byzantine law, research on Byzantine law, the periods of Byzantine law, the Byzantine state, state and church, marriage law, criminal law, the court system, and the development of Byzantine Greek legal terminology.

This textbook on legal history is a valuable companion to Troianos’ textbook on the sources of Byzantine law which also covers the sources of Byzantine canon law:

Σ. Τρωιάνος. Οι πηγές του Βυζαντινού Δικαίου. 3d ed. Athens: Sakkoulas, 2011, 492 pages.

Metropolitan Pavlos of Sweden and All Scandinavia

This year is the fortieth anniversary of Metropolitan Dr. Pavlos Menevisoglou (Παῦλος Μενεβίσογλου) of Sweden and All Scandinavia. The Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Sweden and All Scandinavia was founded on August 12, 1969. Metropolitan Pavlos is a prominent scholar who is specialized in the history of Eastern Orthodox canon law and the history of Holy Myron in the Eastern Orthodox Church.

Metropolitan Pavlos of Sweden and All Scandinavia

Metropolitan Pavlos was born in Turkey in 1935. He was ordained to the diaconate in 1956 and graduated from Halki Seminary in 1958. After his graduation he served in the chancery of the Ecumenical Patriarchate until his election as metropolitan. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1970 and elected as metropolitan of Stockholm and All Scandinavia on April 30, 1974. He was ordained to the episcopate on May 12. He arrived in Sweden on July 4 and was installed as metropolitan on July 14.

Metropolitan Pavlos also chairs the Assembly of Orthodox Bishops of Scandinavia which was founded on January 10, 2010, in accordance with the pan-Orthodox decision from Chambésy in 2009.

Metropolitan Pavlos has been an active scholar and has published nine books and over fifty articles. He holds a doctorate in theology from the University of Thessaloniki. His doctoral dissertation, Τὸ ἅγιον Μύρον ἐν τῇ Ὀρθοδόξῳ Ἀνατολικῇ Ἐκκλησλίᾳ [Holy Myron in the Eastern Orthodox Church] (Thessaloniki: 1972; reprint 1983), is about the use of Holy Myron in the Eastern Orthodox Church. He has also written several articles on Holy Myron and published a second book on the subject: Μελετήματα περὶ ἁγίου Μύρου [Essays on Holy Myron] (Athens: 1999).

Apart from Holy Myron his research has been devoted to the history of Eastern Orthodox canon law. His research has been focused on historical criticism of the sources and collections of Eastern Orthodox canon law. But he has also to a certain degree dealt with textual criticism and theological criticism. His first major book on the history of canon law was Ἱστορικὴ εἰσαγωγὴ εἰς τοὺς κανόνας τῆς Ὀρθοδόξου Ἐκκληεσίας [Historical Introduction to the Canons of the Orthodox Church] (Stockholm: 1991). This handbook must be considered together with Prof. Spyros Troianos’ Οι πηγές του Βυζαντινού Δικαίου [The Sources of Byzantine Law] (3d ed. Athens: 2011) and Ιστορία του Δικάιου [Legal History] (4th ed. Athens: 2010) as required reading for any serious student of the history of Eastern Orthodox canon law. Last year Metropolitan Pavlos also published a concordance to the canons: Λεξικὸν τῶν ἱερῶν κανόνων [Lexicon of the Sacred Canons] (Katerini: 2013). This concordance is an important contribution to future research in Eastern Orthodox canon law.

But Metropolitan Pavlos greatest contribution to the history of Eastern Orthodox canon law has been his studies on the post-Byzantine Greek Orthodox collections of canon law. Apart from some brief studies by Friedrich August Biener, Karl Eduard Zachariä von Lingenthal, and Manuil Gedeon as well as a superficial study on the Pedalion by Ivan Nikolskii in the nineteenth century, this has been a neglected area of study. The research of Metropolitan Pavlos has resulted in four important books: Δύο πολύτιμα χειρόγραφα ἱερῶν κανόνων [Two Important Manuscripts of Sacred Canons] (Katerini: 2006); Αἱ ἐκδόσεις τῶν ἱερῶν κανόνων κατὰ τὸν 16ον καὶ 17ον αἰῶνα (1531-1672) [The Editions of Sacred Canons during the 16th and 17th Centuries (1531-1672)] (Katerini: 2007); Τὸ Πηδάλιον καὶ ἅλλαι ἐκδόσεις τῶν ἱερῶν κανόνων κατὰ τὸν 18ον αἰῶνα [The Rudder and Other Editions of Sacred Canons during the 18th Century] (Katerini: 2008); Τὸ Σύνταγμα Ράλλη καὶ Ποτλῆ καὶ ἅλλαι ἐκδόσεις τῶν ἱερῶν κανόνων κατὰ τὸν 19ον καὶ 20ὸν αἰῶνα [The Collection of Rallis and Potlis and Other Editions of Sacred Canons during the 19th and 20th Centuries] (Katerini: 2009). These studies analyze all the printed post-Byzantine editions and collections of canons as well as the manuscript tradition from which they derive.

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Marriage in Eastern Orthodox Canon Law

I have made an abbreviated English version of an overview of Eastern Orthodox marriage law which I originally published in Swedish: “Marriage in Eastern Orthodox Canon Law.”

Uploaded articles

I have uploaded the following two old articles from 2010 on Academia.edu:

The Orthodox and the Other

Next month I will present a paper entitled “Eastern Orthodox Canon Law and Non-Orthodox Persons” at the Seminar “The Orthodox and the Other” organized by the Oslo Coalition on Freedom of Religion or Belief.

Abstract

Eastern Orthodox Canon Law and Non-Orthodox Persons

This paper will analyze the status of non-Orthodox persons in Eastern Orthodox canon law and ecclesiastical law. The first part will analyze confessional status in the ordre public with focus on the historical development of the concept of state. The second part will analyze confessional status in relation to the Eastern Orthodox Church per se with focus on the concepts of communion and communicatio in sacris. The parting of the ways between Christianity and Judaism as well as the antithesis between heresy and orthodoxy in the development of Christian doctrine made the theological idea of universal church (καθολικὴ ἐκκλησία) explicit. The communicatio in sacris was viewed as the manifestation of this idea. This communicatio in sacris presupposed certain bonds of unity (e.g., the rule of faith, the episcopal ministry, and the creed). The development of the regulation of confessional status in canon law aimed at ensuring the visibility of the universal church through the communicatio in sacris. After Constantine, the Roman state bestowed various privileges on the Christian church; however, this forced the state to legislate on Christian doctrine in order to determine which theological party was the legitimate beneficiary of these privileges. According to the worldview of antiquity, the Roman and Byzantine state also came to view Christian orthodoxy as a part of the salus publica. This also led to the discrimination and criminalization of other religious affiliations.

Sarapion of Thmuis

My Swedish translation of Sarapion of Thmuis has finally been published: Biskop Sarapion av Thmuis böner, Skellefteå: Artos, 2013, 65 sidor.

Sarapion av Thmuis böner från 300-talets Egypten är en av de äldsta bevarade samlingarna med böner från den tidiga kyrkans gudstjänstliv. Samlingen innehåller biskopens böner för begravningsgudstjänst, eukaristifirande, dopfirande, ämbetsvigningar och olika välsignelseakter. Dessa böner är en viktig källa till vår kunskap om den tidiga kyrkans gudstjänstliv och teologi i det nedre Egypten.

On the theology of canon law

The theology of church law has been an important topic in twentieth century theological discourse. The discourse dates back to the late nineteenth century and the Protestant legal historian Rudolph Sohm (1841-1917) who in his seminal Kirchenrecht (2 volumes, 1892-1923) claimed that the essence of law contradicts the essence of church.

Sohm was a great historian and his historical study on the early church is also part of the historical background of modern Eucharistic ecclesiology which developed in reaction to Sohm’s theological theses by largely accepting his historical data but reinterpret it. Sohm argued that the ordained ministry, church law, and church councils developed from the institutionalization of the organized celebration of the Eucharist, which he considered to be a secondary and unimportant rite in earliest Christianity. The Eucharistic ecclesiology movement largely accepted Sohm’s historical findings, but argued theologically that the Eucharist was not a secondary rite, but a constitutive and essential rite of the church.

Sohm’s critique of church law was based on a Pietistic Lutheran concept of church (i.e., ecclesia invisibilis – the church is an invisible community of all those who in their hearts believe in Jesus Christ) and a nineteenth century statist and positivist concept of law (i.e., law is seen as coercive commands by the state). His concept of church is denominational and hardly acceptable if you are not a Protestant and his concept of law is outdated today (cf. H. L. A. Hart’s Concept of Law). But Sohm’s provocative statement put the focus on the issue of theological foundation and understanding of law in the church.

The theological issue of church law involves several parts. One issue is the relationship between the theological idea of (universal) church confessed in the Niceno-Constantinopolitan Creed and the empirical churches (i.e., organized Christian religious communities).  What is the relationship between the theological idea of (universal) church and the normative order and organization of empirical churches? Related to this issue is also the issue of how we should theologically understand the fact that the empirical churches are divided into several different denominations. What is the relationship between denominations and the theological idea of (universal) church? These issues concern the ecclesiological foundation of church law.

The phenomenon of law may be described as an institutionalized normative order which regulates interpersonal relationships. The concept of church (i.e., ecclesiology) is important in the foundation of church law since it defines the community of interpersonal relationships which are regulated by church law. The constitutive interpersonal relationships of the church are founded in the proclamation of the Gospel, baptism, Eucharist, the ordained ministry, the normative sources of theology, the confession of a common faith, etc.

The juridical relationships regulated by church law may be divided into two main categories: internal church law and external church law. The internal church law regulates the internal order of the church. The external church law regulates the church’s relationship with the international community, the state and other denominations. How should we understand the relationship between the legal competence of the state and church law?

A second issue in the theology of church law is the theological interpretation of history. What is the relationship between the kingdom of God proclaimed by Jesus of Nazareth and the Christian church? How should we theologically understand institutionalization in the development of earliest Christianity? What is the relationship between charismata and ecclesial institutions in earliest Christianity? How should we theologically understand the historical development of Christianity when it became the religion of the late Roman Empire after the Constantinian turning point?

A final important issue in the theology of church law is the understanding of ideal law in the church. What is the relationship between New Testament parenesis, the earliest pseudo-apostolic church orders, and canon law? What is the relationship between biblical law and church law? What is the relationship between biblical norms and church law? What is the purpose of church law? How should juridical norms be used in the church? How should the church regulate new situations in the development of church law? How do we determine what the law in force is? Which criteria should we use when evaluating positive church law? How should we use and understand the historical sources of church law (fontes iuris cognoscendi)? What are the constitutive sources of church law (fontes iuris essendi)? The issue of ideal law is also related to theological anthropology and Christian ethics since the understanding of what the human person is and ought to be also affects the understanding of interpersonal relationship and the purpose and use of law from a Christian perspective.

There is a great deal of literature on the topic of the theology of church law, but the following works give a good introduction to the subject:

P. Gherri. Lezioni di teologia del diritto canonico. 2004.

P. Erdö. Theologie des kanonischen Rechts. 1999.

M. Honecker. Evangelische Kirchenrecht. 2009.

W. Steinmüller. Evangelische Rechtstheologie. 2 volumes. 1968.

R. Sebott. Fundamentalkanonistik. 1993.

R. Sebott. Gnadenrecht. 2009.

L. J. Patsavos. Spiritual Dimensions of the Holy Canons. 2003.

J. A. Coriden. Canon Law as Ministry. 2000.

Review: A new concordance to the Byzantine canons

Παῦλος Μενεβίσογλου. Λεξικὸν τῶν ἱερῶν κανόνων. ΝΟΜΟΚΑΝΟΝΙΚΗ ΒΙΒΛΙΟΘΗΚΗ 28. Kateríni: Epektasis, 2013, 379 pages. ISBN: 978-960-356-147-7.

Metroplitan Pavlos Menevisoglou of Stockholm and All Scandinavia, who in 2014 will celebrate his fortieth anniversary as bishop, has this year published a concordance of the canons in the Eastern Orthodox corpus canonum. This concordance also includes an appendix which shows the different numerations of the canons in Rhallis/Potlis, Migne’s Patrologia Graeca, and the Pedalion. (Joannou has the same numeration as Rhallis/Potlis.) A complete concordance to the Byzantine corpus canonum has been needed for a long time in order to facilitate philological and doctrinal research on Eastern Orthodox canon law. The concordance is published in the series ΝΟΜΟΚΑΝΟΝΙΚΗ ΒΙΒΛΙΟΘΗΚΗ (Bibliothèque Nomocanonique) directed by Archimandrite Grigorios Papathomas, professor of canon law at the University of Athens and the Institut de théologie orthodoxe Saint-Serge in Paris.

Metropolitan Pavlos Menevisolgou has also previously published several important monographs on the history of Eastern Orthodox canon law: for example, the following:

  • Ἱστορικὴ εἰσαγωγὴ εἰς τοὺς κανόνας τῆς Ὀρθοδόξου Ἐκκλησίας. Stockholm: Metropolis of Stockholm and All Scandinavia, 1990.
  • Δύο πολύτιμα χειρόγραφα ἱερῶν κανόνων (Πάτμου 172-Ἀθηνῶν 1372). ΝΟΜΟΚΑΝΟΝΙΚΗ ΒΙΒΛΙΟΘΗΚΗ 20. Kateríni: Epektasis, 2006.
  • Αἱ ἐκδόσεις τῶν ἱερῶν κανόνων κατὰ τὸν 16ον καὶ  17ον αἰῶνα (1531-1672). ΝΟΜΟΚΑΝΟΝΙΚΗ ΒΙΒΛΙΟΘΗΚΗ 21. Kateríni: Epektasis, 2007.
  • Τὸ Πηδάλιον καὶ ἄλλαι ἐκδόσεις ἱερῶν κανόνων κατὰ τὸν 18ον αἰῶνα. ΝΟΜΟΚΑΝΟΝΙΚΗ ΒΙΒΛΙΟΘΗΚΗ 22. Kateríni: Epektasis, 2008.
  • Τὸ Σύνταγμα Ράλλη καὶ Ποτλῆ καὶ ἄλλαι ἐκδόσεις ἱερῶν κανόνων κατὰ τὸν 19ον καὶ 20ον αἰῶνα. ΝΟΜΟΚΑΝΟΝΙΚΗ ΒΙΒΛΙΟΘΗΚΗ 23. Kateríni: Epektasis, 2009.

In the front matter of the concordance there is the following contact information for sending orders to the publishing house which prints the series ΝΟΜΟΚΑΝΟΝΙΚΗ ΒΙΒΛΙΟΘΗΚΗ:

B.P. 14014
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Ampélokipoi, Athènes