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The Teaching of the 12 : Believing & Practicing the Primitive Christianity of the Ancient Didache Community
by Tony Jones


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What can we know about the practices of the early church?

The Didache is the most important book you've never read, begins Tony Jones, in this engaging study.The Didache is an early handbook of an anonymous Christian community, likely written before some of the New Testament books were written.It spells out a way of life for Jesus-followers that includes instruction on how to treat one another, how to practice the Eucharist, and how to take in wandering prophets.
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Overview

What can we know about the practices of the early church?

The Didache is the most important book you've never read, begins Tony Jones, in this engaging study.The Didache is an early handbook of an anonymous Christian community, likely written before some of the New Testament books were written.It spells out a way of life for Jesus-followers that includes instruction on how to treat one another, how to practice the Eucharist, and how to take in wandering prophets. In The Teaching of the Twelve, Jones unpacks the ancient document, and he traces the life of a small house church in Missouri that is trying to live according to its precepts.Readers will find The Teaching of the Twelve inspirational and challenging, and they will discover a unique window into the life of the very earliest followers of Jesus the Christ. A new, contemporary English translation of the Didache is included."

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781557255907
  • ISBN-10: 1557255903
  • Publisher: Paraclete Press (MA)
  • Publish Date: December 2009
  • Page Count: 125
  • Reading Level: Ages 18-UP
  • Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.3 pounds


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Books > Religion > Christianity - History - General
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Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page 54.
  • Review Date: 2009-12-14
  • Reviewer: Staff

Calling the Didache “the most important book you’ve never heard of,” Emergent leader Jones (The New Christians) briefly unpacks the theological and practical lessons to be gleaned from one of early Christianity’s most overlooked texts. Less than half the length of the shortest New Testament gospel, the Didache (“teaching”) informed new Christians about spiritual practices like baptism, prayer, hospitality, fasting, Eucharist, generosity, and basic morality. Dated between 50 and 130 C.E., it is one of the oldest extant Christian texts not found in the New Testament. Jones writes engagingly, explaining the Didache’s meaning and importance while also introducing a surprising interlocutor called “Trucker Frank,” a Missouri truck driver whose house church has based its life together on the Didache. The great and unique value of this book is its vision of how Christians today might put the Didache in practice, rather than as a contribution to early Christian studies; in fact, biblical scholars and historians may raise eyebrows at a few of the book’s assumptions, particularly its oversimplifications about Gnosticism. Jones, however, has done a great service by recovering and interpreting this neglected classic for the ancient-future church. (Feb.)

 
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