The Didache in Context contains an intriguing look into the background of the Didache, exploring the influence of the text upon the development of early Christianity. It offers an insightful collection of essays that have been gathered from the research efforts of numerous biblical and patristic scholars from around the world.
The book seeks to explore questions that relate to the composition of the text itself, the history of the role and function of the Didache within early Christian circles, and the influence of the manuscript upon early Christian traditions and trends of thought.
In addition to the numerous, individual investigations that are featured here, the collection includes a fresh translation of the text in English and a comprehensive, up-to-date bibliography of literature on the Didache.
Clayton N. Jefford, Ph.D. (1988) in Biblical Studies, The Claremont Graduate School, is Associate Professor of Sacred Scripture at the Saint Meinrad School of Theology. His publications include
The Sayings of Jesus in the Teaching of the Twelve Apostles (Brill,1989).
Jefford's Didache in Context
is a necessity for college, university, and research libraries (an expensive necessity) and is invaluable for students of early Christianity and the NT. As this review suggests, a review can do no more than give a taste of its contents; only perusal can do them justice.'
Thomas M. Finn,
The Catholic Biblical Quarterly, 1997.
It will be invaluable to all scholar who [...] wish to investigate aspects of this perplexing early Christian document.'
Irish Theological Quarterly, 1999.
All those interested in early church history, New Testament studies, the background of the early Christian world, theologians, ancient historians, those interested in liturgical traditions and text critics.