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The Didache [Kindle Edition]

the Twelve Apostles Early Christians

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The Teaching of the Twelve- an early Christian compilation, written before much of the New Testament

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 153 KB
  • Print Length: 20 pages
  • Publisher: BooksAndSuch (Dec 16 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00315684S
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #159,549 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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390 of 391 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Invaluable First Century Christian Document April 14 2011
By Fr. Charles Erlandson - Published on
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The Didache, or "The Teaching of the Twelve Apostles," is probably the most important church document outside of the Bible itself. Why? Largely because of its extreme antiquity. While we have some of the writings of the Church Fathers (for example Clement of Rome) that date to the end of the first century A.D., the Didache is now dated to that same period. This makes it, along with Clement's letters, the oldest Christian documents outside the New Testament.

What makes the Didache of such great importance as well is its authoritative nature. Rather than being a letter written by an individual bishop, the Didache is an authoritative manual for the Church community. It was also highly esteemed by the early church, even being considered by a few to be a part of the New Testament canon.

The value of the Didache also lies in the invaluable insights it gives into the beliefs and practices of the early church. This, combined with its very early age, make it worth the time for any serious Christian to study, if they want to understand not only the early Church but also the New Testament better.

The first section deals with "The Two Ways" (the way of life and the way of death) and occupies the first 6 chapter. But it's some of the rest of the material that is especially valuable. Chapters 7-10, for example, give us a rare and valuable insight into the practices of Baptism, fasting, praying, and the Eucharist of the early Church. Having been written so close to the time of the apostles and the writings of the New Testament, these sections shed exceptional light on what the early Church believed and how it practiced the faith. Though the Didache's instructions for the Lord's Day are brief, they clearly demonstrate that the Eucharist was the main service of the Church on the Lord's Day.

The Didache is surprisingly short and is well worth the time you spend reading it. While there are a lot of versions out there, this Kindle version is a convenient one. However, there is only a single paragraph of introduction, and so I suggest supplementing it either with some reading about the background and history of the Didache, or possibly buying a different edition with a more complete Introduction.
76 of 77 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Should have read this a long time ago Dec 14 2011
By RichMaffeoBooks - Published on
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Been a Christian more than 35 years, but never even HEARD of the Didache until a few years ago. Since it is an early Church document, I thought I might as well read it. I wish I had read it sooner. Not that it says anything different than the NT, but it is of historical interest to me to read how other leaders of the early Church viewed what it meant to live as an ambassador of Christ. The book is short -- easily read in one sitting.
106 of 112 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Useful; one Kindle hiccup Aug. 2 2011
By Ethan R. Longhenry - Published on
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Text: the Didache is an important witness to early Christianity. This particular translation is a bit dated but the overall message remains clear. The introduction is basic, and it would be good to consider other resources that address a lot of the issues within the text in their historical context.

Kindle version: the text is clear overall; nevertheless, there is a hiccup in the introduction and cover image. The first paragraph of the introduction comes first, then the cover image with a preposition right beneath it, and the introduction continues. It's still readable and understandable. (as of 02 August 2011).
27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read for Catholics Feb. 10 2012
By beachgirl - Published on
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I downloaded this book, the Didache, onto my Kindle Fire and read it in about an hour. If you are Catholic, you need to read this. It is the original catechism written by the Fathers of the Church in the first century. Very concise, and to the point. They do not mince words or try to be politically correct. I recommend it for those who want to read first hand what the original leaders of the Catholic church had to say about their faith and morals.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A "How to be Christian" book from the 1st Century April 26 2012
By M. Akers - Published on
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Who would have thought we'd ever get to read a "How To" book written by first century Christians! Baptism, Fasting and Prayer, Sunday Worship, all from a 1st Century perspective. These are the folks who lived while the Apostles walked in their midst. Who wouldn't want to read what they had to say?

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