Title

Early Church catechesis and new Christians' classes in contemporary evangelicalism.

Publication Date

3-2004

Abstract

In this paper, I want to glean several insights from the Apostolic Tradition about the ancient church catechumenate that may prove to be instructional for us today. I make no pretension to provide a detailed and comprehensive analysis of the catechumenate. I simply want to make selective observations about the nature and structure of the catechumenate from the Apostolic Tradition in conversation with some other ancient sources giving testimony to this practice (such as the Didache,10 Didascalia Apostolorum,11 the Apostolic Constitutions,12 the Testamentum Domini,15 and from some of the Church fathers). On this basis, I will offer some thoughts on what the contemporary evangelical church can learn from their forbears on this.

Keywords

Catechumens; Fathers of the church;

Publication Title

Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society

Volume

47

Issue

1

First Page

39

Last Page

54

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