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 12, pp. 328-329.
The discussion of visiting prophets continues. “Let everyone coming in the name of the Lord be received” (Didache XII.1, personal translation). After receiving people, the readers are to pay attention to them and then judge if they are right or not. The traveler should be received for up to a few days (Didache XII. 2). If the person wishes to remain he should work, not be idle. The one who will not work is a “seller of Christ” who may be a hazard (Didache XII.5).