What Is the Origin of the Apostles' Creed?


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The Apostles' Creed is of obscure origins but appears to date from Western Europe sometime between the second and ninth centuries. Traditionally, it was held that the creed was written by the apostles themselves, but as of 2016, current scholarship suggests that it was written by later church leaders.

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The Apostle's Creed is one of two creeds, or lists of beliefs, used by the Catholic Church. The earliest mention of a Apostles' Creed is from 390 AD, but the content of that creed is unknown. The earliest full appearance of the Apostles' Creed is in "De singulis libris canonicis scarapsus," a text written between 710 and 714 AD in Western Europe. Who originally wrote the Apostles' Creed, and where, is still obscure as of 2016.

The traditional belief was that the Apostles' Creed was written by all of the apostles on Pentecost, the day that Christians claim the Holy Spirit visited the apostles and granted them divine powers. In this tradition, it is said that each of the twelve apostles wrote one article of the creed.

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