Letters - Vol. 2

Letters - Vol. 2

Letters - Vol. 2

Letters - Vol. 2

Excerpt

Volume two of the letters of St. Basil (Nos. 186‐ 368) includes letters written during his episcopate from the year 374 until his death in 379, letters of uncertain date or authorship, and clearly spurious letters. In the beginning of the year 374, Amphilochius, a disciple of St. Basil, had been consecrated Bishop of Iconium, and, full of apostolic fervor for the reform of his church, consulted St. Basil on many points of discipline and doctrine. St. Basil undertook to furnish the information requested and wrote the so-called three Canonical Letters (188, 199, and 217). These letters—all written within the year 374— were later divided into 84 canons, of which 68 were to be incorporated in the collection of the canons of the Church. The majority of the canons are of a disciplinary character and by defining specifically the penalty to be imposed for the various sins make a great contribution to present-day knowledge of the penitential system of the early Eastern Church.

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