A Question I Was Asked:

What is the Didache? Is It Reliable?

What is the Didache? Is It reliable? Can you say something about it?

UK Apologetics Reply:

'Didache' means 'teaching.' Yes, this document is almost certainly reliable, although not divinely-inspired Scripture, not to be included in the Bible canon. It is also very early, dating to circa 55-85 A.D., that makes it a very interesting document indeed because we have so little from the early church, outside of the New Testament itself.

The Didache is also sometimes called the "Teaching of the Twelve Apostles." There is some debate about its authenticity, but it is mostly accepted today as a genuine early church document. It reads like an early church document, with no strange assertions or teachings. It is mild, easy-going and not very doctrinal, therefore it shows no signs of having originated amongst some heretical group, such as the Gnostics. The Didache was cited by Eusebius (260-341), and Athanasius (293-373). Moreover, Origen (185-254) also seems to make mention of it. In the Didache, 16:2-3 is quoted in the Epistle of Barnabas in 4:9. The Epistle of Barnabas was written around 125-135 A.D. and has received more challenges on authenticity issues than the Didache. The Didache is not inspired, but is very valuable as an early church document. There are several places where one can read it online, including here. I would certainly recommend reading it. It is just 16 chapters long.

Robin A. Brace. August 23rd, 2015.