publication . Article . 1985

'We Should Not Impose an Enactment upon the Community Unless the Majority of the Community Will Be Able to Abide It' /'אין גוזרין גזירה על הציבור אלא אם כן רוב הציבור יכולין לעמוד בה'

MACINA, Menahem R.;
Open Access Hebrew
  • Published: 01 Jan 1985
  • Publisher: HAL CCSD
International audience; According to Socrates in his Historia ecclesiastica (P. G. 67, col. 101-104), during a session of Nicea’s Council, the question of perpetual celibacy for the members of the clergy was raised. Most of the bishops were in favour of such a status. Suddenly, a venerable old and holy man whose name was Paphnutius, an ascetic and himself a perpetual continent, stood up and declared to the assembly: “Do not enact an enactment (Greek: kanon) which nobody can bear”The similarity between that statement and the well-known talmudic saying: “We should not impose an enactment upon the community unless the majority of the community will be able to abide...
free text keywords: Historia ecclesiastica, Socrates, Paphnutius, Paphnuce, ascetics, Talmud de Babylone, Greek Christian sources, Syriac souces, [ SHS.RELIG ] Humanities and Social Sciences/Religions, [SHS.RELIG]Humanities and Social Sciences/Religions
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