I’m going to depart from my traditional series of Thursday posts on the New Testament to spend a little while on an early Christian document called The Didache. This little document, which I think comes from the period 51-57, but which some will date as late as 120, is a very early guide to churchly practices. We’ll walk through it a bit at a time before returning to actual New Testament texts.
The Didache. (translated by Kirsopp Lake) Loeb Classical Library #24. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1912, reprint 1985, pp. 303-334.
Chapter 2, pp. 310-313.
The Didache gives a “second command” which is a list of prohibitions. The prohibitions range from murder, adultery, homosexual activity, to magic, drug use, abortion, covetousness, and pride. “You shall not hate any man, but some you will chastise, some you will pray for, some you will love more than your life” (Didache II.7, personal translation).