Category Archives: Early Church

Anderson-3 periods

In The Riddles of the Fourth Gospel, Paul N. Anderson says there were three periods during which the Gospel of John developed within a specific community: The Palestinian Period-30 to 70 CE The First Asia Minor Period–The Johannine Community-70-85 CE … Continue reading

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Anderson-dialectical thinking

I am reading Paul N. Anderson’s The Riddles of the Fourth Gospel. The fourth gospel has been the center of controversy about the nature of God, Christ and the Trinity. Church history has seen several clashes about this. These stem … Continue reading

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The Didache-my off-the-wall idea

Today I have something to follow up on my discussion of Aaron Milavec and the Didache. It concerns the Lord’s Prayer. Milavec did not think the Lord’s Prayer meant Jesus’ prayer. He thought it meant the prayer that came from … Continue reading

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Milavec-appreciation and questions

Aaron Milavec, in his The Didache: Text, Translation, Analysis, and Commentary, has given his view of the Didache as a template to be memorized and improvised upon by spiritual fathers and mothers to train their spiritual children (novices in the community). … Continue reading

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Milavec–the burning process

The last chapter of the Didache is an end-times discourse. Some believe this is not really an originial part of it. But Aaron Milavec argues for the unity of the Didache. There does seem to be a connection between the … Continue reading

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Milavec-charismatics

There is a theory about early Christianity that comes from Gerd Theissen and gets modified by John Dominic Crossan. It is that Jesus founded a movement of wandering charismatics. This partly comes from Theissen’s sociological model (his book was The Sociology … Continue reading

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Milavec-first communion

I have to go back to the discussion of baptism in the Didache community that I covered in my last post about Aaron Milavec’s The Didache: Text, Translation, Analysis, and Commentary. He gives us a scenario where the community meets … Continue reading

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