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The Didache : Text, Translation, Analysis, and Commentary - Aaron Milavec

The Didache

Text, Translation, Analysis, and Commentary

Paperback Published: 1st October 2003
ISBN: 9780814658314
Number Of Pages: 136

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Most Christians believe that everything about Jesus and the early church can be found in their New Testament. In recent years, however, the discovery of the Gospel of Thomas and the reconstruction of the Q-Gospel have led scholars to recognize that some very early materials were left out. Now, due to the pioneering efforts of Dr. Aaron Milavec, the most decisive document of them al, namely, the Didache (Did-ah-Kay"), has come to light. Milavec has decoded the Didache and enabled it to reveal its hidden secrets regarding those years when Christianity was little more than a faction within the restless Judaisms of the mid-first-century.

The Didache reveals a tantalizingly detailed description of the prophetic faith and day-to-day routines that shaped the Jesus movement some twenty years after the death of Jesus. The focus of the movement then was not upon proclaiming the exalted titles and deeds of Jesus - aspects that come to the fore in the letters of Paul and in the Gospel narratives. In contrast to these familiar forms of Christianity, the focus of the Didache was upon "the life and the knowledge" of Jesus himself. Thus, the Didache details the step-by-step process whereby non-Jews were empowered by assimilating the prophetic faith and the way of life associated with Jesus of Nazareth.

Milavec's clear, concise, and inspiring commentaries are not only of essential importance to scholars, pastors, and students but also very useful for ordinary people who wish to unlock the secrets of the Didache. Milavec's analytic, Greek-English side-by-side, gender-inclusive translation is included as well as a description of how this document, after being fashioned and used 50-70 C.E., was mysteriously lost for over eighteen hundred years before being found in an obscure library in Istanbul. The study questions, bibliography, and flowcharts enable even first-time users to grasp the functional and pastoral genius that characterized the earliest Christian communities.


This little book is a gem-learned, accessible, illuminating and challenging to both scholarly conventions and conventional Christianity. Students of early Christianity are in Milavec's debt, not least for his innovative website, www.Didache.info.Pacifica ... a useful means of introducing the Didache to beginners.Theoforum Any future bibliography on the Didache will have to include this ambitious, impressive work.Theological Studies This is a book of rare quality and importance that has already been recognized by the most prominent scholars in the field as the fundamental reference work of the study of the Didache.Robert J. Daly, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts This is a book of rare quality and importance that has already been recognized by the most prominent scholars in the field as the fundamental reference work for the study of the Didache ... Extensive indexes make the book an extrodinarily valuable research work. Fourth R Will undoubtedly challenge many who seek to understand the background and perspectives of the Didache.The Catholic Biblical Review Milavec's work merits wide study and discussion especially because it presents alternative views and profound challenges to what has been the scholarly consensus on the development and interpretation of the text.Worship This volume, however, is significant by itself and provides for a wider audience a very accessible introduction to Milavec's work on this important document.Worship

Introductionp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xix
Greek Text with Side-by-Side Gender-Inclusive Analytic Translationp. 1
A Brief Commentaryp. 39
Bibliographyp. 95
Progression of Events Implied by the Internal Logic of the Didachep. 107
Progression of Events Experienced during Training in the Way of Lifep. 108
Progression of Events Surrounding the Baptism of a Womanp. 109
How Prophets Came into Being and Disappearedp. 110
Progression of Events during the End-Timesp. 111
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ISBN: 9780814658314
ISBN-10: 0814658318
Series: Old Testament Message Ser.
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 136
Published: 1st October 2003
Publisher: Michael Glazier Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.23