In 1873, a copy of the long lost Didache was discovered in a library in Constantinople. Since its publication a decade later, this little book has attracted a large amount of scholarly attention due to the light its sheds on the beliefs and practices of the early Christians. Dr. William Varner has written this volume to familiarize readers with these past and present scholarly discussions. Dr. Varner offers his own analytical translation of the Didache and sets forth some fresh ideas about the book's original purpose and its relationship to the New Testament. He also suggests how the message of this first Christian handbook can inform the church today. This is an accessible introduction, not only to an ancient Christian text, but also to how the earliest Christians responded to the challenge of their new lives.
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About the Author
William Varner is Professor of Biblical Studies at The Master's College in Santa Clarita, CA, and directs the college's Israel Study Program. He earned degrees from Bob Jones University, Biblical Theological Seminary, Dropsie College and a Doctorate from Temple University. He has authored five additional books on biblical and Jewish related subjects and is currently writing a linguistic commentary on James.