Hello everyone. I wanted to find a list of all the earliest quotes or allusions to the Gospels (I also included Papyrus from the 2nd century) but I couldn’t find a compilation of them all in one area with the respected passages, so I took it upon myself to gather all of my favourites and put them here on CAF. I’m focusing on anything that came out of the late 1st and 2nd century, in order. I tried my best not to skip anything but if there’s anything I missed that would be deemed valuable, feel free to post.
Clement of Rome
The Didache. Some date it as early as 50ad while others say very early in the first century. Regardless, it has many quotes that are now Scripture. (Mostly Matthew)
Didache1:2 The way of life is this: First, you shall love God who made you. And second, love your neighbor as yourself, and do not do to anotherwhat you would not want done to you.
Luke 16:31Do to others as you would have them do to you.
Didache1:3 The meaning of these sayings is this: Bless those who curse you, and pray for your enemies,
Luke 6:28bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.
Matthew 5:44But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you
Didache 1:3 For what reward is there for loving those who love you? Do not the heathens do the same? But you should love those who hate you,
Matthew 5:46If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that?
Didache 1:4 If someone strikes your right cheek, turn the other also, and be perfect. If someone forces you to go one mile, go two. If someone takes your cloak, give also your coat. If someone takes from you what is yours, don’t ask for it back. You really cannot.
Matthew 5:39But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also. 40And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloke also. 41If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles. 42Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.
Didache 1:5 Give to every one who asks you, and don’t ask for it back.
Matthew 5: 42Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you
Didache 1:5but if one receives not having need, he shall stand trial, answering why he received and for what use. If he is found guilty he shall not escape until he pays back the last penny.
Matthew 5:26Truly I tell you, you will not get out until you have paid the last penny.
Didache 7:1 Concerning baptism, you should baptize this way: After first explaining all things, baptize in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, in flowing water.
Matthew 28:19Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
Didache 8:28:2 And do not pray like the hypocrites, but rather as the Lord commanded in the gospel: Our Father in heaven, holy be your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us enough bread day-by-day. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And do not bring us to the time of trial, but rescue us from the evil one.
Matthew 6: 7 And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. 8 Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.9 “This, then, is how you should pray:“‘Our Father in heaven,hallowed be your name,10 yourkingdom come,your will be done,on earth as it is in heaven.11 Give us today our daily bread.12 And forgive us our debts,s we also have forgiven our debtors.13 And lead us not into temptation,[a]
but deliver us from the evil one.
Didache 9:5 Allow no one to eat or drink of your Eucharist, unless they have been baptized in the name of the Lord. For concerning this, the Lord has said, "Do not give what is holy to dogs."
Matthew 7:6 "Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.
Didache 11:7 In addition, if any prophet speaks in the Spirit, you shall not try or judge him; for every sin will be forgiven, but this sin cannot be forgiven.
Mark 3:29but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven; they are guilty of an eternal sin.
Didache 16:3 For in the last days false prophets and corrupters will be plenty, and the sheep will be turned into wolves, and love will be turned into hate
Matthew 7:15"Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves.
Matthew 24:24For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.
Matthew 24:11and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people.
Didache 16:8 Finally, "Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven’ with power and great glory."
Matthew 24:30"Then will appear the sign of the Son of Man in heaven. And then all the peoples of the earth will mourn when they see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven, with power and great glory.