Episode 2: The Didache

 

On this episode we discuss The Didache, one of the earliest and therefore most important texts from early Christianity. The Didache is so early that it claims to have been written by the Apostles themselves. This little document was believed by many of the earliest Christians to be a distillation the Gospel for Gentiles, since they didn’t have the luxury of knowing their Old Testaments as well. Since this text is so early and claims to be so foundational to early Christianity, we thought it’d be a good place to start the podcast.

Sources:

The text of The Didache

English version on CCEL
Greek version on CCEL

Texts about The Didache

Aaron Milavec, The Didache: Text, Translation, Analysis, and Commentary
Kurt Niederwimmer, The Didache
William Varner, The Way of the Didache: The First Christian Handbook
William Varner, “The Didache ‘Apocalypse’ and Matthew 24” pages 309-322 in Bibliotheca Sacra 165 no 659 (2008).
Alan Garrow, “The Didache and Revelation” in The Didache: A Missing Piece of the Puzzle in Early Christianity

Extras

In this episode, Gerhard takes some time to explain how the early Church determined which writings should be a part of our Bible. Here is a blog post by Tylor with more information on what Christians consider “Scripture”: Is the New Testament Canon Closed?

We concluded our discussion on The Didache with a look at its eschatology. Here are a couple resources to help you get acquainted with the how early Christians understood the “end times”:

Craig Koester, Revelation and the End of All Things
Tom Wright, Surprised by Hope

Music

“Night Owl” by Broke For Free (cc-by)