Most Christians believe that everything about Jesus and the early church can be found in their New Testament. In recent years, however, the discovery of the Gospel of Thomas and the reconstruction of the Q-Gospel have led scholars to recognize that some very early materials were left out. Now, due to the pioneering efforts of Dr. Aaron Milavec, the most decisive document of them all, namely, the Didache ("Did-ah-Kay"), has come to light. Milavec has decoded the Didache and enabled it to reveal its hidden secrets regarding those years when Christianity was little more than a faction within the restless Judaisms of the mid-first-century.
The Didache reveals a tantalizingly detailed description of the prophetic faith and day-to-day routines that shaped the Jesus movement some twenty years after the death of Jesus. The focus of the movement then was not upon proclaiming the exalted titles and deeds of Jesusaspects that come to the fore in the letters of Paul and in the Gospel narratives. In contrast to these familiar forms of Christianity, the focus of the Didache was upon "the life and the knowledge" of Jesus himself. Thus, the Didache details the step-by-step process whereby non-Jews were empowered by assimilating the prophetic faith and the way of life associated with Jesus of Nazareth.
Table of Contents
|Greek Text with Side-by-Side Gender-Inclusive Analytic Translation||1|
|A Brief Commentary||39|
|Flowchart A||Progression of Events Implied by the Internal Logic of the Didache||107|
|Flowchart B||Progression of Events Experienced during Training in the Way of Life||108|
|Flowchart C||Progression of Events Surrounding the Baptism of a Woman||109|
|Flowchart D||How Prophets Came into Being and Disappeared||110|
|Flowchart E||Progression of Events during the End-Times||111|
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This modern translation of the ancient work describes for us what the earliest church fathers believed and preached, even before the Patristic Fathers. Baptism, Lord's Supper, salvation, etc.