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The Jewish Source ofDidache 1-6: the Two Ways

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This chapter briefly discusses the contents of Did 1-6. It demonstrates that the materials in Did 1-6 suggest at least two layers of composition, representing two different stages of the literary history of the Two Ways. It is apparent that the earlier layer (without Did 1 :3a-2: 1 and 6:2-3) is closely connected with a Jewish pattern of the Two Ways. In the subsequent sections, it is discussed that the earlier layer, perceived in the first part of the present Didache, appears as an independent composition in Two Ways sections of other extant Christian writings. These sections may accordingly be qualified as representing the ancient Two Ways tradition. Finally, in search of the tradition's earliest form, the interrelationship is discussed between the Didache, the Doctrina Apostolorum, the Letter of Barnabas, and the Apostolic Church Order as far as their Two Ways passages are concerned.

Keywords: Apostolic church; Christian writings; Didache 1-6; Doctrina Apostolorum; Jewish source; letter of Barnabas; Two Ways manual



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