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The Didache: Its Jewish Sources and Its Place in Early Judasim and Christianity

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David Flusser (Author) Huub vandeSandt (Author)
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This latest addition to the monumental Compendia series offers original thinking and impressive erudition about the Didache. The early Christian manual for baptismal catechesis focuses a valuable lens on the nascent Christian community and early Judaism. In the document's rules for church morals, ritual, and discipline, Huub van de Sandt and the late, great scholar David Flusser find clues to the evolution of Christianity and Judaism from a shared heritage in Jewish sources. The authors hypothesize that an initial Jewish tractate (the so-called Two Ways tractate) evolved into a composite Judaeo-Christian text (independently circulating until Medieval times) and then into its final form as the Didache in an anti-Jewish, gentile church.
ISBN: 
9780800634711
Price: 
$58.00
Release date: 
July 9, 2002
Pages: 
432
Width: 
6.25
Height: 
9.50

Table of Contents

    Editor's Foreword
    Preface

  1. Introduction: History and Text of the Didache
  2. The Prominence and Decline of the Didache in Early Christianity
    The Text of the Didache
    Composition and Purpose of the Didache
    The Eschatological Conclusion of the Didache
    The Evangelical Section (Did 1:3b-2:1)
    Date and Provenance

  3. The Jewish Source of Didache 1-6: The Two Ways
  4. The Contents of the Two Ways Section in Did 1-6
    The Didache Form of the Two Ways Tradition and the Tradition's Ancestry
    Other Forms of the Two Ways Tradition in Early Christian Literature
    Toward the Earlist Form of the Two Ways Tradition in Early Christian Literature

  5. The Influence of the Two Ways in Christian Literature
  6. The Early Christian Period
    The Merovingian and Carolingian Period

  7. A Reconstruction of the Two Days
  8. The Doctrina Apostolorum
    A Reconstruction of the Greek Two Ways

  9. The Two Ways as a Jewish Document
  10. The Dualistic Setting of the Two Ways
    The Two Ways in its Essene and pre-Essene Form
    The Various Traditional Materials Preserved in the Greek Way of Life
    Traditional Derekh Erets Materials Preserved in the Whole of the Greek Two Ways
    The Tractate of the Greek Two Ways in its Jewish Setting

    II. THE DIDACHE'S PLACE IN EARLY JUDAISM AND NASCENT CHRISTIANITY

  11. The Two Ways and the Sermon on the Mount
  12. The Preamble (Matt 5:3-16) and Conclusion (7:13-27) of the Sermon on the Mount
    The Statements of Principle (Matt 5:17-20) and the so-called Antitheses (5:21-48)
    Conclusion

  13. A Jewish-Christian Addition to the Two Ways (Did 6:2-3)
  14. Introduction
    Did 6:2-3 in a Wider Perspective
    Conclusion: Did 6:2-3

  15. The Didache's Ritual: Jewish and Early Christian Tradition (Did 7-10)
  16. Baptism (Did 7)
    Fasting and the Lord's Prayer (Did 8)
    Eucharist (Did 9-10)

  17. The Didache Community and its Jewish Roots (Did 11-15)
  18. The Literary Composition of Didache 11-15
    Teachers, Apostles, Prophets and the Milieu of the Didache Community
    Didache 11-15 and its Jewish Roots

    Abbreviations
    Bibliography
    Indices