John Scholasticus

▪ Syrian theologian and jurist
also called  John Of Antioch  
born c. 503, , near Antioch, Syria
died Aug. 31, 577, Constantinople

      patriarch of Constantinople (as John III), theologian, and ecclesiastical jurist whose systematic classification of the numerous Byzantine legal codes served as the basis for Greek Orthodox Church (Greece, Church of) (canon) law.

      A lawyer and priest, John served as Antioch's patriarchal legate at Constantinople until early 565, when the emperor Justinian named him patriarch, having just exiled the orthodox patriarch Eutychius. With the ascendancy of the Chalcedonian (orthodox) party during the reign of Justin II (reigned 565–578), John found himself in the curious position of mediator between heretical factions; he later served as agent of the Emperor's policy for repressing the entire unorthodox movement.

      While still a cleric in Antioch, c. 545, John compiled the “Collection of Canons,” the earliest catalog of Byzantine Church legislation that has been preserved. It collated imperial ecclesiastical statutes with those of the 4th-century theologian-legislator Basil of Cappadocia. At Constantinople he composed the “Collection of 87 Chapters,” a synthesis of the emperor Justinian's supplementary legislation on church matters. Among other works attributed to John are theological writings relative to Trinitarian doctrinal controversy, the “Catechetical Discourse,” and instructions for religious initiation, the “Mystagogia.”

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