Early Christian Teachers
The 'Didaskaloi' from Their Origins to the Middle of the Second Century
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Publisher: JCB Mohr (Paul Siebeck)
Number of Pages: 332
Width: 23.3 cm
Height: 15.6 cm
The teachers of early Christianity were one of its most intriguing groups and appear to have been the equivalent of the Jewish rabbis or pagan philosophers. By examining all the earliest sources mentioning the 'didaskaloi', Alessandro Falcetta sheds light on the first hundred years of their history, tackling questions such as why their fate was so different from that of the rabbis, and whether they were tradents of the Jesus material and therefore guarantors of the Gospels' historic reliability. By relating teachers to apostles, prophets and bishops, the author enriches our knowledge of the structure of early Christian communities and how they developed into hierarchical churches.