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Similarly the prophets stand in the place of the High Priest. Presbyters are not mentioned, and the bishops are clearly presbyter-bishops, as in Acts, xx, and in the Pastoral Epistles of St. On this ground therefore the Didache must be set either in the first century or else in some backwater of church life.
The Didascalia Apostolorum are founded upon the Didache. This is said by Bigg to show a late date ; but it seems a natural concession for hot and dry countries, when baptism was not as yet celebrated exclusively at Easter and Pentecost and in churches, where a columbethra and a supply of water would not be wanting.The three orders are apostles, prophets, and teachers, as in I Cor., xii, 28 sq.: " God hath set some in the Church ; first apostles, secondly prophets, thirdly doctors [teachers]; after that miracles, then the graces of healings, helps, governments, kinds of tongues, interpretations of speeches. But apostles must have "seen the Lord" and have received a special call.There is no instance in Holy Scripture or in early literature of the existence of an order called apostles later than the Apostolic age.It is held by very many critics that the "Two Ways" is older than the rest of the Didache, and is in origin a Jewish work, intended for the instruction of proselytes.
The use of the Sibylline Oracles and other Jewish sources may be probable, and the agreement of ch.
The Apostolic church ordinance has used a part, the Apostolic Constitutions have embodied the Didascalia. Fasts are not to be on Monday and Thursday "with the hypocrites " (i.e. Nor must Christians pray with the hypocrites, but they shall say the Our Father thrice a day. Matthew, and it is given with the doxology "for Thine is the power and the glory for ever", whereas all but a few manuscripts of St. We are not only reminded of the Hosanna and Sancta sanctis of the liturgies, but also of Apoc., xxii, 17, 20, and I Cor., xvi, 22.