Perhaps it may be accounted for by the order of the compend of Christian ethics the writer was following.
An epitome, compend, or compendium is a condensed view of a subject, whether derived from a previous publication or not.
As the revelation did not consist in doctrines, so the doctrine we require is not a creed or compend of doctrines.
The purse may be abstracted from the pocket; the substance from the accidents; a book into a compend.
The author preferred to publish the entire compend than merely a part of it.
I shall write only whereof I know—not by any means a compend of Creole cookery.
So far as I am aware, there is no compend of information on the subject in any language so trustworthy and so judicious as this.
And Alcuin proceeded to furnish him with a compend of the scientia bene dicendi, which is Rhetoric.
Peter Lombard, somewhat their junior, presents its compend of accepted and partly digested theology.
He is the compend of time; he is also the correlative of nature.