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The Didache

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The Teaching of the Twelve- an early Christian compilation. Traditionally ascribed to the Twelve Apostles.
Kindle Edition, 20 pages
Published December 16th 2009 by BooksAndSuch (first published 70)
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Aug 04, 2011 Mark rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This is a wonderful approach to delivering a text of this type. It begins with the original language text (Greek) and is followed by 4 different English translations. The original and translations are all organized into chapter/verse in order to quickly cross reference one to another. This makes it ideal for the Greek student wishing to see how various scholars have translated a given text. Thus making this a solid text for the scholar or the student of Greek and provides
Apr 04, 2012 Adam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: patristics
Like Clement’s epistle to the church at Corinth, The Didache is something everyone even slightly interested in Christian history ought to read. It takes only 20-30 minutes, though it’s not a bad idea to get a book with multiple translations and go through it a few times. It’s very likely this catechism-like document was written by either the first or second generation of Christians. It was well known in the early church but only rediscovered again in 1873. The early parts read like a fragmentary ...more
May 30, 2012 Ron added it
The Didache, or The Teaching of the Twelve Apostles, is an early Christian treatise dated by most scholars to the late first or early second century. The text, parts of which constitute the oldest surviving written catechism, has three main sections dealing with Christian morality, rituals such as baptism and Eucharist, and church organization.

It is interesting to note that from the earliest days of Christianity, abortion was clearly against the moral law. In chapter two, the Didache states:

“… y
Greg Dill
Sep 19, 2015 Greg Dill rated it liked it
Nothing provocative or life-changing. In fact, it seems the authors of the Didache simply cut and paste snippets taken from the New Testament and pasted them into this collection of customs, rules, and regulations. Perhaps this was intentionally done since most of the early church didn't have the full canon of Scripture in their possession at this time (2nd century AD). Nevertheless, I am glad I read this historical document that the early church utilized. A document that gave me a brief glimpse ...more
Oct 11, 2016 Leonardo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
¡Es muy bueno! No sabía que existía esto. Lástima que sea tan cortito.
Aug 21, 2016 Walter rated it it was amazing
The English translation of this treatise is "The Teachings of the Twelve Apostles to the Nations." It is a First Century document whose author is unknown. In Acts 15, we read that the Apostles met at Jerusalem to discuss the issue of allowing Gentiles into the Church, and under what conditions that they can be admitted. In that text it states that the Apostles came to a decision and issued a letter with instructions to the Gentile converts. It would be wonderful to think that this work is that ...more
John Martindale
Nov 09, 2014 John Martindale rated it really liked it
Shelves: religion, children
James Tabor in his book "Jesus and Paul" made much of the Didache, in how it made no mention to the Body and Blood of Christ in the instructions for communion. Tabor thinks Paul pulled the parts the about the body and blood out of his rear end, and therefore, finds the Didache as proof of this. Because the Didache reflects the early Christian views, not yet corrupted by Paul. So yeah, I went ahead and read the Didache and sure enough, it makes no mention to the body and the blood of Christ, but ...more
Dianne Owens
Sep 09, 2015 Dianne Owens rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sam Stinson's reading of this English translation is beautiful to listen to. One that is versed in the Bible can recognise many of the New Testament readings being brought together in this work. There is a poetry to it that makes the work accessible, allowing this atheist to appreciate the artistry of The Didache. I marked the work down one star as some folks may not find the older writing style pleasing to the ear.
Dec 12, 2012 Chris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I hated reviewing religious books. I always feel like I am doing something wrong with giving it less than five stars.

This book is extremely short, but very interesting because of the early Christian thought and teachings. There is connection to the Bible, but in some ways, this feels more open.
Adam Shields
This is probably cheating as a book since it is so short. But I saw if free on audiobook form LibriVox and I have been meaning to read it. It is worth reading just as a piece of history.
Jun 19, 2012 Kevin rated it it was amazing
Phenomenal reading the writings of the Apostles. I wish more fragments remained.
Nov 11, 2016 Joseph rated it it was amazing
Early Christian Classic

This is an early example of Christian teachings and probably (not sure) the first text that explicitly prohibited abortion. Although this book is revered in Churches in the ancient traditions, it offers even to Free Church Protestants ann example of Christian teaching in the time after the Twelve. Very short, readable in under 30 mins, recommended for Christians of all stripes.
Nov 16, 2016 Jordyne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Familiar and Comforting

Deeply rooted in Scripture, much of it being exact quotes. Short and to the point and edifying. A historical, useful overview.
Aaron Milavec
Nov 26, 2013 Aaron Milavec rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Primarily a New Testament scholar, O. [abbr. for O'Loughlin] provides an ordered, clear, and easy-to-read commentary on the issues and the “good news” of the Didache against the backdrop of the New Testament texts. He incorporates insights on how social structuring, ritual theory, and eschatological expectations harmoniously functioned to sustain the standards of excellence revealed by God’s servant Jesus.

This commentary does not get bogged down in sorting out how, when, and where the Didache
D.J. Mitchell
Sep 13, 2016 D.J. Mitchell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a fascinating look at one early view of Christianity. It's a quick read, but the issues it raises are complex. What was the role of Jesus in this view? Was he merely an intercessory avenue to God? What did the church to whom the Didache is addressed look like, and who were its members? Scholars seem to agree that it was written to Gentile followers of Jesus, though I observe what appears to be simplifications of the Judaic traditions found among the early disciples so it may have been ...more
Aaron Milavec
Nov 26, 2013 Aaron Milavec rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition

Review Snapshots:

In this new and landmark study, Aaron Milavec comprehensively examines how the first-century pastoral manual known as the Didache.
-- John Dominic Crossan, Professor Emeritus, former co-chair of the Jesus Seminar
It is clearly written, accessible also to non-specialists, and of special interest for students, liturgists, catechists, and Church ministers.
-- Willy Rordorf, Professor Emeritus of Early Church History and Patristics, University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland
Milavec’s newes
Kristofer Carlson
My first exposure to the Didache was a revelation to me. I didn't know what it all meant, but I immediately recognized that this early Christianity was nothing like anything I'd experienced. In this book, Thomas O'Loughlin provides the history of the Didache, including it's discovery (or rather, its recovery) in the late 19th century. The work is placed in its historical and scriptural context, making it clear that the early Christians did not consider themselves a denomination, but rather as ...more
Jul 24, 2012 David rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had superficial familiarity with the Didache but was compelled to learn more after taking a course on the first five decades of the Church. This book was a good place to start.

The author does a good job of introducing the Didache, its discovery, its dating, and its importance in Christian history. After the introduction, he breaks down the Didache into six major sections:

1. Choosing a way (life or death)
2. Joining the group (baptism)
3. Prayer and fasting
4. Meeting and eating (communion)
5. A ne
Harold Wahl
May 28, 2012 Harold Wahl rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There are numerous translations of The Didache. The one I read is a Kindle edition translated by Charles H. Hoole. I read a translation of it more than 30 years ago in seminary. Recently one of my Bible Class members heard mention of it on the Issues,Etc. radio program and asked to study it in class. Hence, I downloaded the free Kindle edition. For class I downloaded, printed, and distributed an Internet PDF edition. The Didache is a fascinating insight to the conduct of things in the early ...more
Mayowa Adebiyi
Mar 12, 2015 Mayowa Adebiyi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really good as an intro to a very important document that shows the life of early Christians. Interesting to pick out the many sayings of Jesus from the document itself which will eventually find their way into the canonical gospels; the Didache, preceding them shows these saying were faithfully and almost precisely passed on orally through the early Christian community.

Not much to say about the Author's commentary or his translation of the text because of my lack of Greek language knowledge.

Glenn Crouch
Jul 31, 2013 Glenn Crouch rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: theology
I enjoyed learning more about the early Christian document / teaching known as the Didache.

I thought the Author worked hard to help the Reader to better understand the world of the mid to late 1st Century and he argued well for the time and setting of the Didache.

I must say that I was disappointed that the Author "bundled" everyone who doesn't agree with his views on the New Testament (for example the Authors of the Gospels "put words in Jesus mouth", etc) as being "Fundamentalists". There are
Debbie Brandenburg
Very short list of Do's and Don'ts written during the first century.

Glad I read it -- have heard it mentioned a few times lately. But the grave danger in this book is it is just another Pharisetical set of rules to aspire to. (The Pharisees had a very noble and godly beginning, but quickly clasped into external keeping of rules that they felt honored the Law.). The error here is that the purpose of the Law is to reveal sin in our lives and convince us that we have offended God. It reveals our h
Adam T Calvert
I was glad I read this and that I was able to get some insight into how the early church viewed theology, the Christian walk, and rules for the church.

At the end of the reading I was struck with a quote I remember hearing from one of John Frame's lectures about the men we consider the church fathers, rightfully so, are also in some sense church babies - because the church was just so new and there was so much to learn.

Not to say I know more than any who might have contributed to the writing of T
Feb 26, 2011 Eric rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Didache is a piece of Christian writing that perhaps dates back to mid-first century. Didache literally means "Training." The full name of the title is "The Training of the Lord through the Twelve Apostles." The author of the commentary repeatedly makes the point that the main purpose of the Didache is to train people interested in converting to "The Way." The main topics include how converts should live, rules for baptism and communion, dealing with prophets and false prophets, and ...more
This book is more than the ancient Christian document known as the Didache (Teaching). The first third of the book is an updated version of the book that tries to put it in today's terms. Some of this was appealing and other times not. The second half was a section on catechisis for baptism and the sign of the cross. Whitten makes an appeal for the broader church ( not just Roman Catholics) to us the sign of he cross. Lastly, he includes an older translation of the Didache for comparison. I find ...more
D.M. Dutcher
It feels odd to "review" this. The Didache is a short christian document dated to about the first centure A.D. It is mostly practical, concerned with things about how to receive traveling prophets and how to fast. There's some theology, but it feels like they borrowed directly from the Gospels. It's not part of the Christian canon save for the Ethiopian Orthodox Church.

I get the sense that this is more valuable as a historical document dating specific practices and sayings than a useful theologi
John McCann
Aug 27, 2015 John McCann rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. I am always interested in Bible doctrine and this book was a picture of the early Christian church's priority concerning discipleship and structure. It was interesting how they recognized apostles and prophets which many consider today to be extinct. The Didache only takes up ten pages at the end of the book, however the author O'Loughlin did a fine job with explanations. One area lacking was how the Didache has effected change in the denominational world. The Didache ...more
Ericca Thornhill
Sep 07, 2012 Ericca Thornhill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: theology
Did-ah-kay: I think I'm pronouncing it right. Nice short read with some references to early church liturgy that I found interesting. Abortion is never mentioned straight out in the bible, and I've wondered a bit about our Christian "rabidity" about that notion, but there it is, straight out in the Didache, written at the same time as the New Testament. So yes, Virginia, Abortion is not Christian. I am really enjoying reading this other literature that flourished at the same time as the New ...more
Doug Piero
Aug 04, 2011 Doug Piero rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There is a Way of Life and a there is a Way of Death. Love God, love your enemies, and follow the golden rule.

This is a brilliant, if rather technical, translation of the Didache. If you aren't familiar with it, it is an early Christian writing which has received a lot of bad press in the past. Organized churches have hated it for decades, as it contradicts doctrine. But these were the real people living the new religion just a few tens of years after Jesus was crucified. With a little imaginat
Mark Schlechty
Very brief and easy to digest

That Didache is full of Scripture but much of the traditions that are being taught don't seem to follow scripture very well. I would even say there are some things that contradict scripture . there are other things that just seem superfluous and a huge waste of time . for example questions over which days we should fast and reciting the Lord's prayer three times a day have no real depth or meaning to them .It is hard to believe this is an early Christian writing that
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“The Didache is the earliest known document outside the NT to identify the problem of settled faith communities in conflict with traveling, itinerant preachers and prophets. The Didachist does not doubt the validity of such persons, but recognizes that not all of them are worthy witnesses to the teachings of Jesus of Nazareth. Those who teach falsely for their own gain are identified as "Christ peddlars," a term known first from the Didache” 0 likes
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