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The Didache: A Window on the Earliest Christians

by O'Loughlin, Thomas

SPCK, Baker Academic 2010

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Overview

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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Key Features

  • Includes illustrations, an introduction, and further reading
  • Contains an index of biblical and ancient texts and an index of authors and subjects

Contents

  • 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

Praise for the Print Edition

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.

Product Details

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

About Thomas O’Loughlin

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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