Excerpt from Twenty-Five Agrapha, or Extra-Canonical Sayings of Our Lord
But at least from the latter part of the eigh teenth century, the term agrapha (dyparpa) has been applied by theologians to extra-canonical utterances or writings, and bears the sense of unscriptural, or uncanonical, rather than unwritten, or traditional. There is obviously a distinction between the appli cation Of the term to St. Basil's unwritten customs, such as trine immersion in Holy Baptism, and the use of the Sign of the Cross, and its employment as descriptive of Sayings which, if not actually scriptural, rest on early literary authority. This later limitation or adaptation, however convenient, is not strictly correct.
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