A wonderful post yesterday on The Teaching of the Twelve: Believing and Practicing the Primitive Christianity of the Ancient Didache Community, by Mike Todd at Waving or Drowning. They’re tackling Chapter Five, “Sex, Money, and Other Means of Getting Along.”
The Didache speaks often of sex, and of money, and I spend some effort in this chapter of the book laying out the context of both in the ancient world. In order to understand any ancient document, be it the Illiad, the Bible, or the Didache, we’ve got to attempt to understand the world in which it was written. And the Didache was written in a world very unlike our own.