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Ever since its discovery in 1873 and its publication ten years later, the Didache has been one of the most disputed early Christian texts.
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Ever since its discovery in 1873 and its publication ten years later, the Didache has been one of the most disputed early Christian texts. It is an ambiguous text, described as 'anything between anything between the original of the Apostolic Decree (c. 50 AD) and a late archaising fiction of the early third century.'1 Originally bearing no title, author or date, the written work was given the title "The Training of the Lord Through the Twelve Apostles to the Gentiles", which scholars abbreviated to the Greek word for training: Didache. It is thought that, like many other early Christian writings, a single individual is not responsible for it; rather, it belonged to various communities. It is believed to have been written in the generation following the death of Jesus and offers a comprehensive guide to the adaptation of Judaism for Gentile converts. Consisting of two sections, the Didache offers teachings on the way of life versus the way of death and also deals with the issues of liturgy and church discipline.
` The Didache still holds importance in the world today. It represents the first attempt to adapt the way of Jesus to the needs of
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