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The Didache: A Window on the Earliest Christians

The Didache: A Window on the Earliest Christians

by Thomas O'Loughlin


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The Didache (or The Teaching of the Twelve Apostles) is one of the earliest Christian writings, compiled between 50 and 70 CE. Thus, it probably predates the four Gospels. It offers a unique glimpse into how some of the earliest Christian communities lived and worshiped.

This accessible volume offers an introductory guide to this important text, including a new translation and a commentary highlighting areas of interest to Christians today. It is an essential resource for readers interested in history, Scripture, and liturgy in Christianity's earliest period.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780801045394
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/01/2010
Pages: 204
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Thomas O'Loughlin (PhD, National University of Ireland; DD, Bangor University) is professor of historical theology at the University of Nottingham in England. His books include Discovering Saint Patrick; Celtic Theology: Humanity, World, and God in Early lrish Writings; and Saint Patrick: The Man and His Works.

Table of Contents

List of illustrations viii

Preface ix

Acknowledgements xi

Introduction xiii

1 A chance discovery 1

2 Choosing a way 28

3 Joining the group 46

4 Prayer and fasting 66

5 Meeting and eating 85

6 A network of service 105

7 Fears and hope 129

8 The challenge of the Didache 145

The Teaching of the Lord Given to the Gentiles by the Twelve Apostles 161

Further reading 172

Index of biblical and ancient texts 179

Index of authors and subjects 182

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