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The Didache: Faith, Hope, and Life of the Earliest Christian Communities, 50-70 C.E. [Hardcover]

By Aaron Milavec (Author)
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A fresh translation of The Didache that places the text in the context of how the earliest Christians saw themselves in relation to the surrounding Roman, pagan society.

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A first-century pastoral manual

Aaron Milavec has written an important study of the Didache, one of the first major texts describing the way of life lived within a set of first-century Christian communities. A "pastoral manual" of sorts, it enumerates the step-by-step training of gentile converts for full active participation in the church communities of the mid-first century.

Milavec offers here a fresh translation, side by side Greek and English, of the work, along with extensive commentary. Of considerable length, this work is noteworthy because it places the text with the context of how the earliest Christians saw themselves in relation to the surrounding Roman, pagan society.

This landmark work is a must for:

-- scripture scholars.

-- historians.

-- graduate students.

-- university and seminary libraries.

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Paulist Press
Pages   984
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.18" Width: 6.5" Height: 2.41"
Weight:   1.5 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Apr 19, 2004
Publisher   Paulist Press
Edition  New  
ISBN  0809105373  
ISBN13  9780809105373  

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More About Aaron Milavec

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Aaron Milavec is Professor of Church History and Historical Theology with the Lay Pastoral Program at Mount St. Mary's Seminary of the West in Cincinnati.

Aaron Milavec currently resides in Piqua, in the state of Ohio. Aaron Milavec was born in 1938.

Aaron Milavec has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Rediscovered Discipleship

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Didache for Scholars  Sep 20, 2005
"The Didache: Faith, Hope, & Life of the Earliest Christian Communities, 50-70 C.E." by Aaron Milavec is a lengthy academic tome of over 1,000 pages to explain the 1,000 to 1,100 words of the Didache. If you are only looking for an English translation with perhaps some interpretive or religious explanations, this book is not the book for you. An uncommented translation, with an introduction, is available at Translations with shorter, more directly related comments can be purchased here on this site.

The Milavec tract is principally an academic, historical analysis of the Didache to support his hypotheses regarding its construction and use. Essentially, he believes that the Didache was a training process to be delivered orally to Gentile converts, and that it was written early in he First Century A.D. ("50-70 C.E."), rather than later in the century. He also believes some of it is as much economic training as religious. This does differ from several other analyses, but he provides a lot of research to back it up. This is not a religious work per se, but for those interested in an historical analysis of the times during which the Didache was originally written, this book will be interesting.

I feel, however, it is marred in several ways. Milavec goes through excruciating detail to explain the meaning and reason for his choice of words for translation, but he personally likes to write in a gender neutral manner. He states that the Didache was 99% gender neutral; so, he uses gender neutral translations, such as "s/he" and "him/her". In the text, however, the Greek declensions are clearly masculine, and he is inserting his own social convictions into it. This is not to say that the Didache was only for men, only that the Greek probably used masculine much the way English does when the sex of the person can be male or female. While his distracting use of gender neutral pronouns in his own writings is his choice, I think it is academically dishonest to do that to the translation.

Another problem is the presence of lengthy comments that have nothing to do with the Didache. I believe the occasional polemics weaken the book as an objective academic analysis.

Finally, a minor point, I disagree with his translation of didache as "training" versus "teachings" of the Twelve Apostles. Milavec is unique in that translation, which conforms to his hypothesis, but makes no sense.

As a final note, to go with the book, he does sell oral deliveries of the Didache on tape and CD in normal text or feminist versions.
Milavec's book receives award  Jul 16, 2004
Aaron Milavec's volume, THE DIDACHE, was awarded a 2004 Catholic Press Association Award in the category of theology. The winners of the 2004 Catholic Press Awards were announced on Friday, May 28, 2004 at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, DC, at the Catholic Press Association Annual Convention.

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