The Didache: A Window on the Earliest Christians Paperback – 23 Sep 2010
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'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 '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, USA '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.
About the Author
Thomas O'Loughlin is Professor of Historical Theology at the University of Nottingham. He has published extensively on how ancient text can reveal the lives of Christians. His books include Discovering Saint Patrick (DLT/Paulist 2005), Celtic Theology: Humanity, World and God in Early Irish Writings (Continuum, 2000) and Saint Patrick: The Man and his Works (SPCK, 1999).
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This is a book for seasoned scholars, newcomers to the history of Christianity, and everyone in between. Professor O'Loughlin is deeply immersed in all the scholarly debates, and yet also committed to making the Didache accessible to everyone - he has been teaching the text to various audiences for many years. This makes the book very informative, and well considered, like a wine that has been improving with age. One doesn't just learn about the text itself - Thomas O'Loughlin's book is grounded in his thoughtful insights into why we should approach Christianity through its history. The author's own new translation from the Greek is included, so there is no need to look elsewhere for the text itself. The 160 pages of commentary and analysis are broken into sections which makes the work extremely reader-friendly and approachable. This is definitely one to add to the book shelves.
I believe the truth is in simple and pure forms, and to do that you need to go back to the beginning.
The Didache teaches us the way.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Well written. It is the only book I have read on this matter but it has been informative and has provoked a lot of thought.Published 7 months ago by Nightwatch
I wanted to obtain a copy of the Didache and read it myself to form my own opinion. This work is a COMMENTARY on the Didache. Which, obviously, I was not looking for. Read morePublished on 13 Dec. 2013 by Ian Foyn
There is the view that Faith is the best link to Christianity. For those who do not have this grace in abundance, there is the matter of whether this creed is reasonable, indeed... Read morePublished on 15 Aug. 2013 by Cú Uladh