Judging by the Book: Christian Codices and Late Antique Legal Culture


EXACTLY of a pandect Bible – containing OT and NT – in every courtroom



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EXACTLY of a pandect Bible – containing OT and NT – in every courtroom
C/H maintains from two later Justinianic constitutions (NEED TO IDENTIFY) – each dealing with the same provision in different contexts – that “Sacred Scriptures” refers here to GOSPELS in particular
Thus, phrase Scripturae Sacrosanctae clarified – if not, displaced by – phrase Sacrosanctis Evangeliis
Later constitution (issued ~537) allows Senate in Constantinople the right of hearing cases on appeal “… in the presence of the Holy Gospels
As a result, copy of GOSPELS was to be placed before senators, as well as magistrates and other legal arbitrators

C/H indicates that Justinianic constitutions relating to procedural oath-swearing regularly specify that such oaths are to be made “…WHILE TOUCHING GOSPEL BOOKS (Sacrosanctis Evangeliis Tactics)”
Before a trial can take place, “…advocates on both sides shall be sworn with their hands upon Holy Gospels”



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