Presbyters Uniwersytet Warszawski
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ER 541
Signatures of the presbyters and one "father" (abba) under the acts and canons of the Seventh Council of Toledo (Iberian Peninsula, AD 646).
The signatures of thirty bishops that were present at the council.
 
[31] Ego Valentinianus archipresbyter agens uicem domni mei Leudefredi Cordobensis ecclesiae episcopi haec statuta definiens subscripsi.
[32] Crispinus in Christi nomine abba agens uicem domni mei Nefridi Olisiponensis ecclesiae episcopi haec statuta definiens subscripsi.
[33] Vuiliensus presbyter agens uicem domni mei Pimeni episcopi Asidonensis ecclesiae haec statuta definiens subscripsi.
[34] Paulus presbyter agens uicem domni mei Candedati episcopi Astoricensis ecclesiae haec statuta definiens subscripsi.
[35] Magnus presbyter agens uicem domni mei Marci episcopi Castelonensis ecclesiae haec statuta definiens subscripsi.
[36] Constantius presbyter agens uicem domni mei Theuderedi episcopi Pacensis ecclesiae haec statuta definiens subscripsi.
[37] Reparatus presbyter agens uicem domni mei Etheri episcopi Eliberritanae ecclesiae haec statuta definiens subscripsi.
 
Here follows the signatures of five deacons representing absent bishops.
 
(eds. Martinez Diez, Rodriguez 1992: 363-364)
The signatures of thirty bishops that were present at the council.Then follow:
 
[31] I, Valentinianus archpresbyter on behalf of my bishop Leudefridus of the church of Corduba, declared and signed these decrees.
[32] I, Crispinus abba on behalf of my bishop Nefridus of the church of Lisbon, declared and signed these decrees.
[33] I, Wiliensus presbyter on behalf of my bishop Pimenus of the church of Medina Sidonia, declared and signed these decrees.
[34] I, Paul presbyter on behalf of my bishop Candidatus of the church of Astorga, declared and signed these decrees.
[35] I, Magnus presbyter on behalf of my bishop Mark of the church of Cástulo, declared and signed these decrees.
[36] I, Constantius presbyter on behalf of my bishop Theuderedus of the church of Beja, declared and signed these decrees.
[37] I, Reparatus presbyter on behalf of my bishop Etherus of the church of Elvira, declared and signed these decrees.
 
Here follows the signatures of five deacons representing absent bishops.
 
(trans. M. Szada)

Discussion:

Crispinus signs himself as abba, but we do not know whether it indicates here a monastic status, especially because Crispinus is evidently subordinated to the bishop of Lisbon. Presbyters who are in charge of a parish church are sometimes called abbates (cf. [857]), see also Pietri 1983.

Place of event:

Region
  • Iberian Peninsula
  • Gaul
City
  • Toledo

About the source:

Title: Seventh Council of Toledo (638), VII Council of Toledo, VII Concilium Toletanum, Concilium VII Toletanum, Concilium Toletanum septimum a. 646
Origin: Toledo (Iberian Peninsula)
Denomination: Catholic/Nicene/Chalcedonian
The Seventh Council of Toledo assembled in October AD 646 during the reign of king Chindaswinth (642-653) and was attended by thirty bishops.
Edition:
G. Martínez Díez, F. Rodríguez eds., La colección canónica Hispana, Monumenta Hispaniae sacra. Serie canónica 5, Madrid 1992.
Bibliography:
L. Pietri, "Les abbés de basilique dans la Gaule du VIe siècle”, Revue d’histoire de l’Église de France 69 (1983), 5–28.

Categories:

Travel and change of residence
Functions within the Church - Archpresbyter
Described by a title - Presbyter/πρεσβύτερος
Described by a title - Abba
Ecclesiastical administration - Participation in councils and ecclesiastical courts
Ecclesiastical administration - Ecclesiastical envoy
Relation with - Another presbyter
Relation with - Bishop/Monastic superior
Please quote this record referring to its author, database name, number, and, if possible, stable URL: M. Szada, Presbyters in the Late Antique West, ER541, http://www.presbytersproject.ihuw.pl/index.php?id=6&SourceID=541