Ode 14 preserves an earlier formation of the Lord's prayer, these poems show almost no signs of being re-worked maybe 1 placeRandyHelzerman wrote: ↑Mon Nov 06, 2023 9:26 pm I'm afraid that the Didache, even if it is as super-early as I think it is, *still* is downstream of Paul. The Lord's prayer, as quoted, is from canonical Matthew, which in turn is derived from Mark, which in turn was based on Paul. Sure the Didache is layered, and surely preserves even pre-christian Jewish practices.
But then again, so are the Pauline epistles. As worked over as the Pauline letter collection is, even in the Marcionite recension (which probably has at least two pseudonymous letters) it remains the earliest window we have into Christianity.
Both the Didache and the Pauline letters--as well as anything else we've got--has been worked and re-worked over, by generation of folk who--let's face it--deliberately *didn't* want us to know what early Christianity was like.
I'm not saying this Ode is the earlier form of the Lord's prayer, it could be, but these Odes are the earliest window I think
Stretch out to me my Lord always your right hand and be my guide till the end according to your will
I will be beautiful before you because of your glory and because of your Name I will be saved from evil and your Rest, Lord, will abide with me and the fruits of your love
Teach me songs of your Truth so I bear fruits by you and the harp of your Holy Spirit open to me that with every note, Lord, I may praise you
In the richness of your kindnesses give unto me and swiftly grant our prayers, for you are there to draw on for all our needs