The Evangelical Universalist Forum

THE DIDACHE (The Teaching)


This is possibly the earliest Christian writing outside the New Testament. Most of the “experts” believe it to have been written in the FIRST century.


I saw a brilliant argument put forth by Dr. Alan Garrow that the Didache is an edited form of the decree penned by St. James in Acts 15. Fascinating stuff if he’s correct.


I fail to see how James’ words as recorded in Acts 15 is related to the Didache.

After they finished speaking, James replied, “Brothers, listen to me. Simeon has related how God first visited the Gentiles, to take from them a people for his name. And with this the words of the prophets agree, just as it is written, ‘After this I will return, and I will rebuild the tent of David that has fallen; I will rebuild its ruins, and I will restore it, that the remnant of mankind may seek the Lord, and all the Gentiles who are called by my name, says the Lord, who makes these things known from of old.’ Therefore my judgment is that we should not trouble those of the Gentiles who turn to God, but should write to them to abstain from the things polluted by idols, and from sexual immorality, and from what has been strangled, and from blood. For from ancient generations Moses has had in every city those who proclaim him, for he is read every Sabbath in the synagogues.” (Acts 15:13-17)


The idea that Luke is giving a very condensed form. Also the Didache has many additions.