Saturday, December 13, 2008

Distant Directions 12/13/08

Your heart shall not cling to the high and mighty, but turn to the good and humble folk.

The Didache

The Didache (Koine Greek: Διδαχή, Didachē, meaning "Teaching"[1]; IPA: /ˈdɪdəkiː/ in English, IPA: [ðiðaˈxi] in Modern Greek) is the common name of a brief early Christian treatise (dated by most scholars to the late first/early second century[2]). It is an anonymous work not belonging to any single individual, and a pastoral manual "that reveals more about how Jewish-Christians saw themselves and how they adapted their Judaism for gentiles than any other book in the Christian Scriptures."[3] The text, parts of which may have constituted the first written catechism, has three main sections dealing with Christian lessons, rituals such as baptism and eucharist, and Church organization. It was considered by some of the Church Fathers as part of the New Testament[4] but rejected as spurious or non-canonical by others,[5] eventually not accepted into the New Testament canon with the exception of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church "broader canon". The Roman Catholic Church has accepted it as part of the collection of Apostolic Fathers.

(from Wikipedia)



Searching for Peace said...

Hello DB, I hope that I am understanding this right. Bit I feel that way. When i need some kind of support, I tend to go to those who are like minded or people who are going through or have gone through what I am going through... hugs, Christine

Beth said...

I have to wonder at the criteria for acceptance into the New Testament...!

Joyce said...

I can help Beth out with the acceptance part... Two commandments to follow (as I see it). 1. Love the Lord you God with all your heart and mind and
2. Love your neighbor as yourself.
Those two rules left by Christ covers the 10 left in the Old Testament.
Hugs, Joyce

Breezy said...

I studied about some of that in some seminary classes I took years ago, but had forgotten about it. It is so interesting when taking the classes, but hard to retain. It does make you wonder about the canon of the Bible. I know compared to the New Test. there was very little controversy
( except the apocrypha) of the canon of the Old Test. Such interesting stuff, but not enough time to study and read all that is out there. I get snipets of things here and there.