The Didache DVD Is Here!

I arrived home from sparkhouse yesterday to find a happy package on my doorstep.  The DVD I shot with Paraclete Press earlier in the year had arrived: The Faith and Practice of the Earliest Christians: a DVD Study on the Didache with Tony Jones.  It turned out great, IMHO.  It’s a six-session video curriculum aimed at adult learning communities and Sunday schools, but I imagine it will also be used by high school and college ministries.

It’s a companion to my book, The Teaching of the Twelve: Believing and Practicing the Primitive Christianity of the Ancient Didache Community (a book that, I must say, has been very well received by those who have read it).

The DVD is now on sale at Paraclete’s website.  And you can get a taste in the video below.

If you lead small groups and the like, I encourage you to consider using this book and video in tandem.  I think it will provoke a lot of great discussion about the nature of the Christian faith and how our faith was practiced in the very earliest church.

And watch this space — on Monday I’ll ask some Didache trivia and give out complementary copies of the DVD here, on Twitter, and on Facebook.

Buy the Teaching of the Twelve for $5!

As Spring shifts to Summer, bookstores rotate their inventory and shift books around.  That moves books in and out of publishers’ warehouses and sometimes results in some amazing deals.  That sometime is now for my book, The Teaching of the Twelve: Believing and Practicing the Primitive Christianity of the Ancient Didache Community.

The book is a primer on the Didache, the handbook of a very early Christian community.  You can read the complete text of the Didache here, or listen to me read it:

Tony Jones reads the Didache (mp3)

It’s been used as a group use resource in several churches, and I’ve heard great things back from them.  Each chapter ends with some study questions, and the Didache raises important and interesting questions about church practices like communion and baptism as well as handling money and living in community.

So, for a limited time, Paraclete is offering The Teaching of the Twelve for just FIVE BUCKS!  Rather than restock a couple cases of the book in their warehouse, they’re looking to move get them in your hands.  Now is the time to buy one for yourself, or a pile of them for your group this fall.

CLICK HERE TO BUY THE TEACHING OF THE TWELVE FOR JUST $5!

Didache Blog Tour – Day Four, Chapter Five

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.

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