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The Didache and Early Monasticism in the East and West

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It seems evident that in one instance each the Rule of Benedict (RB) and the Rule of the Master (RM) cite a passage from the Didache. This chapter identifies and contextualizes these elements from the Didache within the monastic literature of the early church. One of the first scholars to call attention to the relationship of the Didache to the Egyptian monastic literature was L.E. Iselin, who in 1895 published an article on a hitherto unknown version of the Two Ways which appeared in the Life of the Abba Shenoute by Besa. The text of the Two Ways in the Didache and the text of the Two Ways in the Arabic Life of Shenoute are in many instances parallel but with marked differences. The question of the Didache and monasticism is not so much a question of direct influence nor even of organic development.

Keywords: Abba Shenoute; church; Didache; Monasticism; Rule of Benedict (RB); Rule of the Master (RM)

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