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The Teaching of the 12

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The Teaching of the 12

Believing & Practicing the Primitive Christianity of the Ancient Didache Community

By Tony Jones

Paraclete Press (MA), Paperback, 9781557255907, 125pp.

Publication Date: December 1, 2009


What can we know about the practices of the early church?

The Didache is the most important book you've never read, begins Tony Jones, in this engaging study.The Didache is an early handbook of an anonymous Christian community, likely written before some of the New Testament books were written.It spells out a way of life for Jesus-followers that includes instruction on how to treat one another, how to practice the Eucharist, and how to take in wandering prophets. In The Teaching of the Twelve, Jones unpacks the ancient document, and he traces the life of a small house church in Missouri that is trying to live according to its precepts.Readers will find The Teaching of the Twelve inspirational and challenging, and they will discover a unique window into the life of the very earliest followers of Jesus the Christ. A new, contemporary English translation of the Didache is included.

About the Author
Tony Jones is the author of The New Christians: Dispatches from the Emergent Frontier, and the theologian-in-residence at Solomon's Porch in Minnesota. He is the author of many books, including The Sacred Way, and is a sought-after speaker in the areas of emerging church, postmodernism, and Christian spirituality. Tony lives in Minnesota.

Praise For The Teaching of the 12

In a world lacking moral conviction, and a Christianity deficient in the art of discipleship, we turn to the sources of earliest Christianity for guidance. And because Tony does a great job in bringing these ancient texts to life, the reader is drawn into the nascent energies that flowed in the early church.
- Alan Hirsch, author of The Forgotten Ways