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The Dedica
« on: Fri Dec 24, 2010 - 22:31:38 »
Locked away in the Patriarch of the Greek Orthdox church in Jerusalem is the oldet and last remaining copy of the Dedica. It is said to be the written teachings of the Apostles to the gentiles on how to practice the faith officialy inlcuding, how to partake of the Eucharist, how  to baptize, etc. Can anyone of you shed any light on this document as it is fairly new to me.

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Re: The Dedica
« Reply #1 on: Fri Dec 24, 2010 - 22:48:35 »
The Didache (as it's more commonly spelled in English) is simply the transliteration of the Greek word for "Teaching" and the document--consensus now dates it towards the later third of the first century (though old Germanic scholarship, which held sway for a time, had it in the mid-second century)--does indeed witness to a common early tradition about how the Eucharist (Lord's supper) is celebrated, how baptisms were done, and so forth.  Commonly included in volumes of writing of the Apostolic Fathers (those early Christian writers from the first and early second centuries).

Didache: English Translation

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Re: The Dedica
« Reply #2 on: Fri Dec 24, 2010 - 23:01:41 »
So is the Didache the product of the Apostles or the Apostolic fathers?

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Re: The Dedica
« Reply #3 on: Sat Dec 25, 2010 - 00:04:00 »
The Didache is not from the hand of the 12, nor, so far as we know, from the hand of "the seventy" (the men who were not apostles but were considered of apostolic authority), nor from the hand of any known first or second century Church leader.  It is, however, a distillation of the tradition of the Christians of the first century (for example fasting on Wednesdays and Fridays), if memory serves, in the area of Asia Minor (but I could be mistaken in my recollection).

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Re: The Dedica
« Reply #4 on: Sat Dec 25, 2010 - 00:16:12 »
Thanks for the help CDHealy. I have more questions and I hope you won't be frusttrated by my asking you. I like to learn through asking as well as researching if that makes sense.

Does the Didache hold any doctrinal truth as Scared Scripture does or is solely a manual for teaching praxis? The reason I ask is because I've been doing some added research into the history of the early church and I've made the commitment to gain as much of an understanding as I can about such so I'm not sure if I would be looking at the Didache for different doctrinal views.

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Re: The Dedica
« Reply #5 on: Sat Dec 25, 2010 - 09:24:46 »
Does the Didache hold any doctrinal truth as Scared Scripture does or is solely a manual for teaching praxis? The reason I ask is because I've been doing some added research into the history of the early church and I've made the commitment to gain as much of an understanding as I can about such so I'm not sure if I would be looking at the Didache for different doctrinal views.

The Didache is more practical than doctrinal.  Think chapters 5 and 6 in Ephesians or think of the Sermon on the Mount.  That said, the practical is definitely founded on the doctrinal, it's just that the doctrinal is not flatly stated.  One infers it from what is given.

The thematic arrangement of the Didache is on the Two Ways: the way of life and the way of death, and how one conducts oneself as a Christian.

It's a short work, and the link given above is a decent translation.  Give it a read.  You won't be disappointed.

 

     
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