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The Didache: A Window on the Earliest Christians

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The Didache is one of the earliest Christian writings. It provides practical instructions on how a Christian community can function, and offers unique insights into the way the earliest Christians lived and worshipped.

In this highly readable introduction, Thomas O’Loughlin tells the intriguing story of the Didache, from its discovery in the late nineteenth century to the present. He then provides an illuminating commentary on the entire text, highlighting areas of special interest to Christians today, and ends with a fresh translation of the text itself.

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  • Includes illustrations, an introduction, and further reading
  • Contains an index of biblical and ancient texts and an index of authors and subjects
  • A Chance Discovery
  • Choosing a Way
  • Joining the Group
  • Prayer and Fasting
  • Meeting and eating
  • A Network of Service
  • Fears and Hope
  • The Challenge of the Didache
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

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

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.

  • Title: The Didache: A Window on the Earliest Christians
  • Author: Thomas O’Loughlin
  • Publisher: SPCK
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Pages: xvii, 256

Thomas O’Loughlin is Professor of Historical Theology at the University of Nottingham. His previous books include Celtic Theology: Humanity, World and God in Early Irish Writings and Saint Patrick: The Man and His Works.


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  1. Byron Samson

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  7. anthony henderson
    This should be listed in the Verbum area, after all it is one of the most popular Catholic patristic works???

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  9. CharlesJ



    Thomas did a very good job on the Didache. I recommend it to all searching to see what the first century believers believed. The assembly (called church today) was quite different in the first century than what we have today. May we return to the pattern of the first century and the way Christ set the assembly up.

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