Great post from Dr. David Capes.
Not long ago I taught a brief series at Christ the King Lutheran Church on the Didache, an early Christian manual on ethics, practices, leadership and eschatology. Most scholars date it to the end of the first or beginning of the second century AD. A Greek manuscript of it—dating to about 1073 AD—was discovered by accident in a library in Constantinople by Philotheos Bryennios in 1873 (Have you noticed how some of the best stuff is discovered by accident? The Dead Sea Scrolls. The Nag Hammadi library. Chocolate mixed with peanut butter.) The Didache was published about a decade later. Some early church leaders wanted to include it the New Testament but Eusebius (Ecclesiastical History 3.25.1-7) reckons it among the spurious documents.
There are four essential questions which this early Christian document addresses:
- How are we/ Christians to live?
- What are our essential practices?
- Who is to lead us?
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