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Book Review: Didache

(Explination from Wikipedia)

The Didache or The Teaching of the Twelve Apostles (Didachē means “Teaching”) is a brief early Christian treatise, dated by most scholars to the late first or early 2nd century. The first line of this treatise is “Teaching of the Lord to the Gentiles (or Nations) by the Twelve Apostles” (Διδαχὴ κυρίου διὰ τῶν δώδεκα ἀποστόλων τοῖς ἔθνεσιν).

The text, parts of which constitute the oldest surviving written catechism, has three main sections dealing with Christian ethics, rituals such as baptism and Eucharist, and Church organization. It is considered the first example of the genre of the Church Orders.

The work was considered by some of the Church Fathers as part of the New Testament but rejected as spurious or non-canonical by others, eventually not accepted into the New Testament canon. The Ethiopian Orthodox Church “broader canon” includes the Didascalia, a work which draws on the Didache.

Lost for centuries, the Didache was rediscovered in 1873 by Philotheos Bryennios, Metropolitan of Nicomedia in the Codex Hierosolymitanus. An English translation was first published in 1883. It has since been considered part of the category of second-generation Christian writings known as the Apostolic Fathers.

I have wanted to read this for a long time and just never purchased. There is a lot of wisdom and most of the writing mimics the New Testament writings. There were a couple of things that really caught my attention and they are as follows.

#1. Fasting was practiced by all those being baptized.

#2. You are to “fast” for those who persecute you.

This is a very short but helpful read. I picked it up for only 99 cents on amazon.

Ronnie

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January 5, 2012 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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