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Two Ways Doctrine
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The doctrine, or teaching, of the Two Ways is a summary of an early basic instruction about Christian life before baptism. The Two Ways instruction, or doctrine, as most binary admonitions, uses dual imagery: good versus bad, light versus darkness, death as opposed to life, the broad and narrow road to choose between in life. These dual images are also found at Qumran, throughout the Rule of the Community (1QS 3.13–4.26), but also in Deut 30:15–20; Ps 1; Jer 21:8, and in the texts of Hesiod (Op. 287–292; LCL 57) and Xenophon (Mem. 2.1.21; LCL 16…

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Boddens Hosang, F.J. Elizabeth, “Two Ways Doctrine”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 02 October 2022 <>
First published online: 2018

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