The Teaching of the Twelve Apostles
By Clayton N. Jefford
Series: Early Christian Apocrypha, vol. 5
Rediscovered in 1873, the Didache provides a glimpse of early Christian ritual and liturgy. This text, which dates to the late first or early second century, is the very first manual for Christian life. Here Clayton Jefford presents parallel translations of the original-language manuscripts — from Greek, Latin, Coptic, Ethiopic, and Georgian. His detailed introduction places the Didache in its historical context, and cross references and notes on sources enable in-depth study.
The Early Christian Apocrypha series features fresh new translations of major apocryphal texts that survive from the early period of the Christian church. These non-canonical writings are crucial for determining the complex history of Christian origins. Each translation is accompanied by appendices, textual notes, translation notes, cross references and index. An extensive introduction also sets out the challenge of recovering and reconstructing the original text.
Clayton N. Jefford is Professor of Scripture at Saint Meinrad Seminary & School of Theology. He holds a Ph.D. from the Claremont Graduate School (1988) and is the author of The Sayings of Jesus in the Teaching of the Twelve Apostles (Supplements to Vigilae Christianae, 1997), Reading the Apostolic Fathers: A Student’s Introduction (2d edition, 2012), The Apostolic Fathers and the New Testament (2006), and most recently, The Epistle to Diognetus (with the Fragment of Quadratus) (2013). He also is the co-editor of the academic journal Forum.