The article intends to highlight the biblical foundations of the ancient canon law, showing how the legal system of the Church in the Middle Ages was based and developed on a complex list of interpretative acts which had the sacred Scriptures as their subject.
In the first place it shows how the biblical interpretation, in addition to the constituents of the hierarchical structure of the Church, identified by tropology the fundamental rules of Christian behavior. Then it points out how the medieval canon experts identified the one and only face and common intent of all the ecclesiastic discipline by means of the exegetic methods used by the Fathers to interpret the Scripture, in a way reaching its height with the Concordia discordantium canonum by Gratian.

(author: Stefano Violi)

Summary ed.31 (I/2012)