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The Didache: A Window on the Earliest Christians

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The Didache is one of the earliest Christian writings. It provides practical instructions on how a Christian community can function, and offers unique insights into the way the earliest Christians lived and worshipped.

In this highly readable introduction, Thomas O’Loughlin tells the intriguing story of the Didache, from its discovery in the late nineteenth century to the present. He then provides an illuminating commentary on the entire text, highlighting areas of special interest to Christians today, and ends with a fresh translation of the text itself.

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  • Includes illustrations, an introduction, and further reading
  • Contains an index of biblical and ancient texts and an index of authors and subjects
  • A Chance Discovery
  • Choosing a Way
  • Joining the Group
  • Prayer and Fasting
  • Meeting and eating
  • A Network of Service
  • Fears and Hope
  • The Challenge of the Didache
A truly accessible commentary on this ancient text and on the early Christian communities that lie behind it, and yet one that incorporates up-to-date academic scholarship.

—Paul Bradshaw, Professor of Liturgy, University of Notre Dame

A valuable and thorough introduction to an important though little-studied work that provides a unique window on a corner of the early Christian world.

—Sean Freyne, Emeritus Professor of Theology, Trinity College Dublin

I highly recommend this informed, engaging, and pastorally sensitive exploration of the Didache. Reading the text within its Jewish roots and in harmony with its New Testament parallels, Thomas O'Loughlin shows how the Didache admirably shaped the faith and practice of second-generation Christians in ways that have relevance for us today.

—Aaron Milavec, author of The Didache: Faith, Hope, and Life of the Earliest Christian Communities, 50–70 C.E.

  • Title: The Didache: A Window on the Earliest Christians
  • Author: Thomas O’Loughlin
  • Publisher: SPCK
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Pages: xvii, 256

Thomas O’Loughlin is Professor of Historical Theology at the University of Nottingham. His previous books include Celtic Theology: Humanity, World and God in Early Irish Writings and Saint Patrick: The Man and His Works.


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  1. Ryan



  2. Jerry D Willis
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  6. anthony henderson
    This should be listed in the Verbum area, after all it is one of the most popular Catholic patristic works???

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  8. CharlesJ



    Thomas did a very good job on the Didache. I recommend it to all searching to see what the first century believers believed. The assembly (called church today) was quite different in the first century than what we have today. May we return to the pattern of the first century and the way Christ set the assembly up.

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    James Schoon


  10. Prayson Daniel
    Did you know the early Church was strongly against induced abortion? Do you what to know what the practices and teachings of early Church? This is a book to read. It will draw you closer to early Christians' teaching on baptism, ethics, prayer, Lord's Supper, &c. It is indeed the widow on Earliest Christians.

  11. Joel Landon Watts
    This is a fantastic resource. I was able make use of it during a small group study on early Christianity. The translation the author provides is sound as is the commentary about the context and work of the text. An invaluable resource to have.

  12. Glenn Crouch

    Glenn Crouch


    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 many noted scholars who would disagree with the Authors views who are far from being Fundamentalists. This is as bad as me referring to the Author as "Liberal" because I disagree with some of his arguments and thus dismiss him. In fact, I think if he "eased his tone" in some of these areas - and say things like "since many Scholars don't accept Paul's authorship of the Pastoral epistles" rather than stating it as a known fact that is beyond discussion, he would have a wider audience. So despite the Author calling me a Fundamentalist, I found much value in his book and would enjoy reading further of his works.

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    John Vignol




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