Didache <sup>1</sup>

Henry Chadwick

in The Church in Ancient Society

Published in print December 2001 | ISBN: 9780199246953
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191600463 | DOI:

Series: Oxford History of the Christian Church

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The text known as the Didache or ‘Teaching of the Twelve Apostles’, probably written in Syria, bears witness to the tension between the derivation of supreme authority from Jesus and the apostles and the immediacy of the Holy Spirit. The Didachist warns against wandering charismatic preachers and teachers, some of whom are frauds and confidence tricksters. His prime concern is for morality, which includes respect for bishops and deacons, and with the Church as a universal body. He was clearly writing for a community in which tensions existed between Church and Synagogue, but he shows no knowledge of Paul's letters, showing that split between the two cannot be attributed entirely to Paul's actions and theology in his mission to the Gentiles.

Keywords: charismatic preachers; church order; Didache

Chapter.  2204 words. 

Subjects: History of Christianity

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