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Didache is the Greek word for 'training' or 'teaching' and is the name given to a document that was recently discovered and verified to be an authentic first century document written by the believers in Yeshua as a training manual for converts coming into the faith from a Gentile background. Written somewhere between 50AD-100AD puts this document being written around the same time that the Gospels were put on paper and is the oldest known "Christian" document. While it was initially ignored after its discovery in the late 1800s due to it being too "Jewish", it has recently come back into the spotlight of scholarship and is giving us a unique look into the training method that Gentile converts to the faith went through in order to be able to function within the community.
Hebrews 5:11-14 mentions the concept of such a training program when it talks about needing again someone to teach you the elementary principles of the oracles of God and those who are mature because of practice in discerning good from evil.
In this 5 hour teaching, we will go chapter by chapter through this document and discuss the implications to understanding the faith originally taught by the Apostles as well as learning about the challenges that the early communities faced in the hostile Greco-Roman world.
Before watching this teaching, please take time to read over the Didache document provided in the "PPT" tab below. This translation is based on a modern translation of the text but I have analyzed the text against the original Greek text and have made some key changes that will be marked in this document with footnotes.
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The following is a list of recommended resources for this teaching:
- The Didache (Translation by Ryan White)
- The Teaching of the 12: Believing and Practicing Primitive Christianity of the Ancient Didache Community by Tony Jones
- Ritual Process and Ritual Symbol in Didache 7-10 by Jonathan Draper
- The Didache by Aaron Milavec
- The Didache: A Window on the Earliest Christians by Thomas O'Loughlin