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|Title||KnoWhy #450 - What Can an Ancient Christian Text Tell Us About the Book of Mormon? (Moroni 6:5)|
|Year of Publication||2018|
|Corporate Authors||Book of Mormon Central Staff|
|Publisher||Book of Mormon Central|
|Place Published||Springville, UT|
|Keywords||Ancient Near East; Didache; Early Christianity; Ordinance; Worship|
The similarities between the Didache, an ancient Christian text, and Moroni 3–6 shed light on the founding and organization of Christ’s church in both the Old World and the New. Moroni 3, and Didache 15 contains instructions on how appointed leaders were to ordain “priests” and “teachers.” Similarly, Moroni 4 and 5 contain the sacrament prayers for both the bread and wine, as does Didache 9. Moroni 6 discusses details related to baptism, as does Didache 7:1–4. Didache 8:1 also mentions fasting often, just as Moroni 6:5 does. The similarities between the Didache and Moroni suggest that the instructions for how to organize and manage the church and perform ordinances go back to Christ Himself.
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