Charles Buck Theological Dictionary
(bishops of the country.) In the ancient church, when the dioceses became enlarged by the conversions of pagans in the country, and villages at a great distance from the city church, the bishops appointed themselves certain assistants, whom they called Chorepiscopi, because by their office they were bishops of the country. There have been great disputes among the learned concerning this order, some thinking that they were mere presbyters; others that there were two sorts, some that had received episcopal ordination, and some that were presbyters only; others think that they were all bishops.
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Buck, Charles. Entry for 'Chorepiscopi'. Charles Buck Theological Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/cbd/c/chorepiscopi.html. 1802.