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A first-century Christian treatise, dealing with ethics, sacraments, and ecclesiology

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When did the Early Church begin and end their twice weekly fasts?

In the Didache, it tells us "8:2 but keep your fast on the fourth and on the preparation day (Friday)." Obviously some actually did keep these weekly fasts, when exactly did they begin and end? ...
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To what name does Didache X refer?

One of the most famous passages of the Didache is its reference to the Matthean baptismal formula: Didache VII Concerning baptism, baptise thus: Having first rehearsed all these things, "...
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What arguments support an early date for the Didache?

I've encountered a number of dates proposed for the Didache, ranging from some time in the first century, even before some of the documents found in the NT, to late in the second century. What ...
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Who are the hypocrites associated with fasting in the Didache?

The early Christian teaching Didache states that Christians should not fast like the hypocrites: Your fasts must not be identical with those of the hypocrites. They fast on Mondays and Thursdays; ...
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What did the early Christian twice weekly fasts consist of?

Other than what is mentioned in the Didache regarding the days for fasting, what did early Christian "twice weekly fasts" consist of? What I'd like to know more about is what they fasted from. For ...
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What explanations have scholars proposed for the rejection of the Didache from the Canon?

The Didache (full text) is an early Christian document giving advice on various "practical matters" such as how to baptize, when to fast, how to celebrate the Lord's Supper, etc. It's hard to date, ...
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Which type of Baptism is preferred in today Catholic Parishes?

Didache 7 Concerning baptism, you should baptize this way: After first explaining all things, baptize in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, in flowing water. But ...
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How to reconcile the Didache's instruction with Apostolic succession?

As it pertains primarily to Catholicism, Eastern Orthodoxy, and other large denominations that not only lay claim to an unbroken successive line, but who also put significant emphasis on it: The ...
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Did Protestants get “Thine is the Kingdom etc…” from the Didache?

So, I was writing an answer to a question a few minutes ago, and I was going to smugly tell all you Protestants that your "thine is the Kingdom" doxology is so non-Biblical, it's apocryphal. Well, ...
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Why would cold running water be preferred for baptism?

The Didache, or Teaching of the Twelve Apostles (an early Christian text not part of the New Testament) says of baptism (chapter 7): On the subject of baptism, baptise thus: after having taught all ...