The Didache: Text, Translation, Analysis, and Commentary
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The Didache offers a tough moral code which includes:
Murder, theft and abortion are unthinkable for a Christian; Almsgiving is a moral obligation, except for the poor; Christians must not only pray, but also fast, for their enemies; and other provisions setting forth demanding standards.
The 25 years Aaron Milavec spent training future priests and lay ministers has no doubt influenced the creation and presentation of the thesis set forth in this landmark study of what he considered to be a training manual. This book is not only a thematic commentary but also a social narrative of how these first Christian men and women organized their community life religiously in order to safeguard their members from the challenges and temptations of the surrounding society.