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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

‘Didache’ or Teaching of the twelve Apostles


The Bible 
by Rev. Fr. K.K. John
Source - www.malankaraworld.com

‘Didache’ or Teaching of the twelve Apostles

In 1883 AD Christian library witnessed a major breakthrough when Philotheos Bryennios, the metropolitan of Nicomedia, discovered and published a Book called, ‘Didache’ or Teaching of the twelve Apostles.

This is believed to have written around AD 120 which contains very important admonitions of the twelve Apostles such as: ‘the ways of life and death, need to abstain from carnal body desires, fasting on Wednesdays and Fridays, observance of Sunday instead of Saturday, Confession and reconciliation before Eucharist, Baptism, need to receive and honor Apostles, Prophets, Bishops, Deacons etc., warnings about false prophets.’ 

Mor Clemis, Mor Athanasius etc. have recommended that every Christian should read this book. 

This book occupies the first position in preference after the Holy Bible. The very fact that nobody claims its authorship adduces the basic truth that it was compiled as originated from the mouths of 12 Apostles and I firmly believe, had it not been lost at the time when the Holy fathers canonized the books of the Holy Bible, ‘Didache’ would have been a sure choice.

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