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The Text of the Didache: Some Comments on the Edition of Klaus Wengst

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Wengst confronts his readers with three obvious changes: 1) the omission of the interpolatio evangelica (1.3b-2.1); 2) the addition of the myron prayer in 10.8; and 3) the addition at the end of 16.8. Before a discussion of these major changes, the author considers the other particularities in the text of Wengst, comparing them with the text of Bihlmeyer. The edition of the Didache by Klaus Wengst offers good opportunities to reflect upon the earliest shape of that precious document. The author suggests that, on the strength of Wengst's edition, it is possible to place the Didache in an early Christian community that had received the Two Ways doctrine as a Christian manual of ethics, a community that also was acquainted in its liturgical prescriptions with a prayer on the myron.

Keywords: Bihlmeyer; Christian community; Didache; Klaus Wengst; myron prayer



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