|Alan Garrow Didache|
Didache and Matthew
Who's using whom?
The Didache and Matthew have quite a lot of material uniquely in common, which suggests a particularly close relationship between them. The Didache was discovered, however, at time when it was generally assumed that the Gospels must contain the most ancient record of the teaching of Jesus - so the idea that Matthew might have used the Didache wasn't contemplated until the publication of The Gospel of Matthew's Dependence on the Didache (JSNTSupp 254; London: T&T Clark International, 2004)
In a nutshell, this book argues three points - the first two of which are not at all controversial, while the third is definitely controversial.
Further arguments for Matthew's, and Luke's, direct use of (parts of) the Didache will be published on this page in due course.
'What I did not dare to do fifty years ago, Garrow accomplishes in this book, namely to ask the question: Why could Matthew not be dependent upon the Didache - in whatever form it existed at the time? This is a great and fruitful question.'
'This project is both provocatively original and meticulously argued. Garrow questions issues assumed to be long settled, and does so by means of exacting scholarship which demands to be taken seriously.'