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The Didache

The Teaching of the Twelve Apostles
Narrated by: Gregg Rizzo
Length: 20 mins

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Summary

The Didache, also known as The Teaching of the Twelve Apostles, is a brief anonymous early Christian treatise, dated by most modern scholars to the first century. The first line of this treatise is "The teaching of the Lord to the Gentiles (or Nations) by the twelve apostles". The text, parts of which constitute the oldest extant written catechism, has three main sections dealing with Christian ethics, rituals such as baptism and Eucharist, and Church organization. 

The opening chapters describe the virtuous Way of Life and the wicked Way of Death. The Lord's Prayer is included in full. Baptism is by immersion, or by affusion if immersion is not practical. Fasting is ordered for Wednesdays and Fridays. Two primitive Eucharistic prayers are given. Church organization was at an early stage of development. Itinerant apostles and prophets are important, serving as "chief priests" and possibly celebrating the Eucharist. 

Meanwhile, local bishops and deacons also have authority and seem to be taking the place of the itinerant ministry. The Didache is considered the first example of the genre of Church Orders. The Didache reveals how Jewish Christians saw themselves and how they adapted their practice for Gentile Christians. The Didache is similar in several ways to the Gospel of Matthew, perhaps because both texts originated in similar communities.

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  • cps
  • 23-01-19

Historical religion

Very interesting book. Talks about how doctrine was in the beginning and really shows how far off of the path current Christians are these days. I would recommend this book. Well written and good performance.

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  • Jonathan Liechti
  • 03-01-19

Great reteaching

This makes you think about what is taught in churches and how interpretations can be made. Definitely worth a listen.

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  • Believer50
  • 27-11-18

Excellent

I got this book via audiobook boom and this is my voluntary review. This recounting of the things that Jesus taught was excellent. The narrator was wonderful and made the parables and other teachings come alive. I enjoyed it.

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  • Kingsley
  • 21-11-18

An interesting piece of church history

The Didache is an interesting piece of history. A first century, possibly second century, document that was lost for hundred of years. It was known only through fragments, and references and quotes until the 19th century. An 11th century copy was found, which is the basis for this translation and much of our complete knowledge of the document. It is through the fragments and quotes, in much older documents, that it has been dated to be 1st or 2nd century.

It provides an insight into the mechanics of some of the early church, looking at the Eucharist, baptism (by immersion preferably), fasting, church organisation and others. Through comparison of a document like this you can easily see how some things have changed while others have remained the same, within different demonstrations and groups of churches.

This translation is not a modern translation. It is King James English, with thees and thous etc in it. A simple uplifting to modern language would make it much easier to read. Even contemporary versions of the bible at the time of translation (late 19th century) were not using the KJV style English, so it's use here is frustrating.

Overall, provides a great insight into the early church.

Narration by Gregg Rizzo is good. He is well paced and easy to follow. There is a recording buzz/shhhh noise throughout the whole piece, disappearing at chapter breaks. This takes away from the overall product.

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  • Fruity_Mom
  • 22-03-19

Perfect. No commentaries, just the plain context.

I enjoyed this version, short and to the point, no opinions and comentaries. Chapter 16 is what I was looking for.

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  • Son of Odin
  • 23-11-18

How much we have been lead astray

After listening to this book, I realize just how much hypocrisy there is in today's churches. From the Pope to the country churches there is an enormous amount of hypocrisy. This book doesn't out right state this, but if you listen to the teachings and then step back and look at what is going on with Christianity today, it's very apparent. It no wonder that so many people are making their way back to the old ways of our heathen ancestors.

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  • Adam
  • 19-02-19

Interesting early teachings of the Church

I had heard about the Didache, but never interacted with it. I’m glad it didn’t make it into the New Testament Canon, but it is an interesting and valuable historical document.

Greg Rizzo does a fantastic job narrating.

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