Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
In this study it is not the author's aim to attempt to cover the field pertaining to the origin and development of the Eucharist. A vast number of competent works have been vrritten on the subject, but the primary purpose here is to examine the Eucharistic teachings of the Didache in the light of Canonical, early Christian, and non-Christian literature, in an effort to determine if the Didache presents the Eucharist (or Lord's Supper) in its original form as practiced in the primitive Christian Church of the first century. Further, we propose to show how the simplicity of the act was developed into a crystallized rite, or sacrament, by the time of the second century Church.
Bennett, Joseph Richard, "A Comparative Study of Eucharistic Teachings of the Didache with Canonical, Early Christian, and Non-Christian Literature" (1960). Graduate Thesis Collection. 468.