The Teaching of the Twelve Apostles (the Didache)
Date: Monday, July 27, 2020
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Presenter: Dr. Hal Taussig
Thought of by many as the first community handbook written for communities of Christ and Jesus peoples, The Teaching of the Twelve Apostles has a fairly complicated organization and set of teachings. One of the most fascinating dimensions of this document is how many of the teachings are found in the gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke as from Jesus himself. But in The Teaching of the Twelve Apostles these teachings are not attributed to Jesus at all. Study of this text then raises key questions about whether to consider Jesus as an important teacher. Or, was the content what mattered, at least as much as who said it? One might think that the title of this document as “The Teaching of the Twelve Apostles” indicates that all the teachings were meant to be understand as having been taught not by Jesus, but by twelve apostles, but the title is almost certainly a secondary and later title.