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The Way of the Didache: The First Christian Handbook
Varner, William

Lanham, Md.: Rowman & Littlefield, 2007 pp. ix + 145. $33.00


Description: In 1873, a copy of the long lost Didache was discovered in a library in Constantinople. Since its publication a decade later, this little book has attracted a large amount of scholarly attention due to the light its sheds on the beliefs and practices of the early Christians. Dr. William Varner has written this volume to familiarize readers with these past and present scholarly discussions. Dr. Varner offers his own analytical translation of the Didache and sets forth some fresh ideas about the book's original purpose and its relationship to the New Testament. He also suggests how the message of this first Christian handbook can inform the church today. This is an accessible introduction, not only to an ancient Christian text, but also to how the earliest Christians responded to the challenge of their new lives.

Subjects: Methods, Historical Approaches, History, Early Church Origins

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Review by Jonathan A. Draper
Published 3/22/2008
Citation: Jonathan A. Draper, review of William Varner, The Way of the Didache: The First Christian Handbook, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2008).


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