Didache Reading Group and Vocab List



Last month, Rick Brannan, led a Faithlife reading group through 2 Clement. It was a lot of fun to go through the text together and people giving their thoughts. 2 Clement is an interesting book and I was glad I went through it with them.

Starting Febuary 4 we will be going through the Didache. Dr. Varner will be leading the short discussions this month. If your interested in going through the Didache (in Greek or English) join us! The reading schedule (MWF) is as follows:

Date Reference
February 04, 2013 Didache 1.1–6
February 06, 2013 Didache 2.1–7
February 08, 2013 Didache 3.1–10
February 11, 2013 Didache 4.1–14
February 13, 2013 Didache 5.1–2; 6:1–3
February 15, 2013 Didache 7.1–4; 8.1–3; 9.1–5
February 18, 2013 Didache 10.1–7
February 20, 2013 Didache 11.1–12
February 22, 2013 Didache 12.1–5; 13.1–7
February 25, 2013 Didache 14.1–3; 15.1–4
February 27, 2013 Didache 16.1–8

If you are not familiar with the Didache here is Rick Brannan’s short introduction from his Apostolic Fathers Greek-English Interlinear on Logos:

The formal title is “The Teaching of the Twelve Apostles” but it is commonly known as the Didache, from the Greek word διδαχή (didache), which means “teaching.” It was only known from fragments and brief citations until 1873, when a manuscript (dated to 1056 AD) was recovered that contained the whole of the text (Kraft 1992, 2:198).

The Didache is a handbook for Christians, giving instructions on how to act (§§1–6) and how to worship (§§7–15), ending with a section on eschatology (§16). Intertextual relations abound. Many see similarities between the Didache and Matthew (Jefford, Reading, 47–49), but other documents (e.g. Epistle of Barnabas 18–20) share the “Two Ways” material of Didache 1–6.
Because of the intertextual relationships and the uncertainty of which writings are dependent on each other, dating the Didache is tricky. It is safest to establish a range of 80–120 AD (Jefford, Reading, 32).

Brian Leport at the Near Emmaus blog also has some recent posts on the Didache (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3)

I have also compiled a PDF of all vocabulary words that occur less than 30x in the NA27. I hope this to be a helpful vocabulary reference to anyone who has taken their first year of Greek. I also included the NA27 frequency of the words along with the frequency in the Didache.

Download the PDF here

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