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The Shepherd of Hermas ➞ [Epub] ❥ The Shepherd of Hermas By Hermas ➨ – Thomashillier.co.uk The Shepherd of Hermas Greek Ποιμὴν τοῦ Ἑρμᾶ Poimēn tou Herma; sometimes just called The Shepherd is a Christian literary work of the late 1st or mid 2nd century considered a valuabl The Shepherd of Hermas Greek Ποιμὴν τοῦ Ἑρμᾶ Poimēn tou Herma; sometimes just called The Shepherd is a Christian literary work of the late st or mid nd century considered a valuable book by many Christians and considered canonical scripture by some of the The Shepherd PDF \ early Church fathers such as Irenaeus The Shepherd was very popular amongst Christians in the nd and rd centuries It was bound as part of the New Testament in the Codex Sinaiticus and it was listed between the Acts of the Apostles and the Acts of Paul in the stichometrical list of the Codex ClaromontanusThe work comprises five visions twelve mandates and ten parables It relies on allegory and pays special attention to the Church calling the faithful to repent of the sins that have harmed it The book was originally written in Rome in the Greek language but a first Latin translation the Vulgata was made very shortly afterwards A second Latin translation the Palatina was made at the beginning of the fifth century Only the Latin version has been preserved in full Of the Greek version the last fifth or so is missingThe shepherd is one of the meanings that was probably attached to some figurines of the Good Shepherd as well as a symbol for Christ or a traditional pagan kriophoros General books publication date original publication date Notes This is an OCR reprint There may be typos or missing text There are no illustrations or an index When you buy the General books edition of this book you get free trial access to Million bookscom where you can select from than a million books for free You can also preview the book there.


10 thoughts on “The Shepherd of Hermas

  1. Rama Rama says:

    The sacred Scriptures of Hermas This book is a reproduction of what is in the scared scripture of the Shepard of Hermas There is no introduction summary page or commentary on any of the three sections of the holy literature The Shepherd of Hermas is a work of apocryphal literature It was regarded as a sacred scripture in the ministry of Jesus Christ during the latter part of second and early third century and was a part of the first New Testament the Codex Sinaiticus The revelation of this book has five visions twelve mandates and ten parables that largely focuses on obedience to god and follow the commandments in good faith and they will be rewarded in happiness of everlasting life The book’s first verse of first chapter start with the Vison of HermasHermas Vision 11 – “The master who reared me had sold me to one Rhoda in Rome After many years I met her again and began to love her as a sister’ So goes the recollection of a former slave and his revelations In a state of spiritual and transcendental realm Hermas sees the loving blessing and being aware of God's Grace In Vision 2Hermas Vision 21124 “Continue therefore” said He “in this ministry and complete it unto the end For whosoever fulfill his commandments shall have life; yea such a man shall have great honor with the Lord But whosoever keep not his commandments fly from their life and oppose him and follow not his commandments but deliver themselves over to death; and each one becomes guilty of his own blood But I bid thee obey these commandments and thou shalt have a remedy for thy sins” Hermas Mandate 12 1441 “He said to me; “Remove from thyself all evil desire and clothe thyself in the desire which is good and holy; for clothed with this desire thou shalt hate the evil desire and shalt bridle and direct it as thou wilt”Hermas Parable 10 11111 “After I had written out this book completely the angel who had delivered me to the shepherd came to the house where I was and sat upon a couch and the shepherd stood at his right hand Then he called me and spoke thus unto me”The name of Hermas has been mentioned in the Old Testament book of Romans Romans 1614 Greet Asyncritus Phlegon Hermes Patrobas Hermas and the other brothers and sisters with them This book has great relevance in Abrahamic teachings and impacted early ministry Jesus Christ In fact the text in its entirety is available free of charge from many online sources such as; EarlyChristainWritingscomhttpwwwsacred textscombiblbobhttpscarmorgshepherd of hermas


  2. Dean M (Vox Poetica) Dean M (Vox Poetica) says:

    A very dated 1st or 2nd century christian document which was considered scripture by some in the early church Tough read with little extra spiritual insight that isn't already found in the Bible but does give us an interesting window into the early church Can be a bit of a drag to read at times Was a struggle to get through in comparison to other church fathers


  3. Mark Mark says:

    I would describe this early Christian text as Woodstock meets RevelationI hadn't ever heard of the Shepherd of Hermas until I saw a uote from it recently When I checked into it it turns out that early church leaders thought very highly of this parable filled text and that the primary reason it didn't make it into the Bible is that Roman church leaders wanted New Testament books to have some connection to the early apostles and no one could prove that was the case for HermasThe book may have been written as early as Paul's letters or at late as the end of the second century It is partly a guide to Christian living avoid adultery greed amassing wealth; be patient humble faithful etc but importantly it offers a sharply contrasting version of the end times compared with its bloodier warlike counterpart RevelationIn Hermas' view God will continue to forgive those who are repentant even though they may have sinned and Jesus will delay finishing his completion of the church eternal until all who are eligible for forgiveness have had a chance to confess their transgressions To put it another way by the time he returns In Hermas' view Jesus will expect the unrepentant sinners to have already dealt themselves out of paradise and will anticipate a well ordered creation to greet his final victory No huge battles legions of monsters or periods of satanic dominanceI for one would have been happy to have The Shepherd of Hermas in my scriptural canon It is a kinder gentler vision of the end times than the surreal cataclysmic Revelation


  4. John Schneider John Schneider says:

    I read the translation of the The Shepherd of Hermas found in the Anti Nicene Fathers collections eds Rev Alexander Roberts and James Donaldson The only reason I gave it two stars is that at points it had a useful analogy This work might be the worst of the early Church I found it frustrating to read and needlessly obscure at points Unless you love the early Church Fathers dearly avoid this work


  5. Kristian Kilgore Kristian Kilgore says:

    Worth a read for anyone interested in Christian history or the development of the Christian church There are obvious reasons why this manuscript was in consideration as a part of the New Testament and eually obvious reasons why it was eventually not included in the canon Striking in this work is the remarkable centrality of simplicity as a Christian virtue for early believers Particularly in our modern Western world filled past the margins with things to have and things to do there is a great deal of conviction and necessary soul searching incited by the visions and parables Hermas relays to us In this way it is similar to the sacred Scriptures and therefore worth the short time it takes to work through it


  6. Douglas Wilson Douglas Wilson says:

    As my son in law once put it try to imagine Jim Morrison of the Doors on drugs trying to write a knock off of the book of Revelation


  7. Nathan Albright Nathan Albright says:

    It is hard to know what to think about this particular fragmentary book  This particular edition of the book is about as no frills as one can imagine  It features no introduction or foreword to set a context for the work no discussion of why the text is missing the first twenty pages or so of its original text and why the text ends in such an odd way  Moreover I sent you these virgins that they may dwell with you  For I saw that they were courteous to you  You will therefore have them as assistants that you may be the better able to keep his commands  for it is 104  Honestly can I be blamed for wanting to know where the text drops off and finding at least some fault in the people who marketed this book a standalone volume for not including the full text even if one had to reconstruct that text from multiple manuscripts or even mss from a different language?  Perhaps not but the text that is here is the text that is here and although I would have preferred a complete text one cannot review the books one wants to have read but rather the ones that one has read and so with that in mind I would like to comment on the Shepherd of HermasThe Shepherd of Hermas is an interesting example of a text within the collection of the Apostolic Fathers 1 and what makes it interesting from a historical perspective does not always make it interesting from the perspective of a reader  Hermas was a freed slave there is some personal drama here but I will avoid discussing it at this time who happened to be the brother of an early bishop of Rome which accounts for his prominence as a writer in ancient history  The book is notable for its view of moral conduct on the part of believers and the somewhat tedious and repetitious way that the book recounts some sort of dream or vision or similitude seen by Hermas and then described by some wiseacre angel who goes into vivid detail about various types of believers who have fallen astray in some fashion  Indeed there is a bit of a divide in this work between the way that it seeks to present Hermas at least indirectly as a moral authority for the Church in his time while simultaneously undercutting his moral authority by looking at his own moral failures and failures of understandingFor the most part though it must be emphasized that this book is immensely tedious and repetitious  Over and over again Hermas sees obviously symbolic images and these symbols are tediously described with every detail covered in the explanations that Hermas so freuently states  Indeed the persistence of Hermas in wanting to understand every detail of what he is shown is so repeated that it becomes part of the commentary of the text itself such as when the following dialogue occurs  Are you still he said without sense and understanding?  I must sir I said ask you of all things because I am wholly unable to understand them; for all these things are great and glorious and difficult for man to understand 91  Indeed although this is not the most exciting ancient text it is an interesting one in terms of the way it explores various genres of writing and it is certainly a lengthy text and a rare voice of the author's time even if all of that historical importance does not make it an enjoyable work to read nor make this version a complete one instead of an obviously defective fragment1 See for example


  8. Michael Kenan Baldwin Michael Kenan Baldwin says:

    I read this both in Ehrman's and in Holmes' translation of the Apostolic FathersIt's puzzling why this long Apocalyptic and undeniably moralistic work became so popular among the early church To think that even someone as late on and as rich in theology as Athanasius would recommend it to new converts to readWhilst there are other themes I won't comment on Hermas is most preoccupied with the following uestion can sins be forgiven if they committed after baptism?You might want to take a moment to consider how you think Hermas would answer that uestionThe answer he seems to settle on is that yes repentance and forgiveness for post baptismal sin is possible But only once and only for a limited time frame which is uickly coming to an endYou can see how this would lead to the practice of Christians delaying their baptism until right before death In this way they could use up their single chance for repentance after baptism just as they die A famous example of this would be Constantine the Great the Emperor of the Roman Empire though 'converting' was it a true conversion? to Christianity around 312 AD didn't get baptised until near his death in 337AD


  9. Badger Smith Badger Smith says:

    3 sections visions commandments parables The heart of the book is the commandments of which there are 12 the heart of these is the 1st 31 1st of all believe that there is 1 God who created finished all things made all things out of nothing He alone is able to contain the whole but He Himself cannot be containedSo have faith in Him fear Him by that fear exercise self control Keep these commandments If you do you will put on the strength of righteousness cast out all wickedness from you live to God2be simple innocent you will be like children3 love the truth let nothing but truth come from your mouthI recommend this to any follower of Christ that has a good understanding of the gospel the freedom that provides I’ll shelve this with The Imitation of Christ The Practice of the Presence of God All books that are secondary to the Bible but are useful for those that wish to go in the words of CS Lewis in The Magician’s Nephew ‘farther up further in’ Or in other words simpler like childrenFinally I must share my favorite sentence of the book It is found in the 10th commandmentSo put on cheerfulness which is always agreeable acceptable to God rejoice in it


  10. Nicholas Smith Nicholas Smith says:

    The Shepherd of Hermas is very much a product of it's time and gives us a useful insight into the teachings of the 2nd century church To a reader coming from a modern protestant background it is surprising how much of the teaching is through metaphor and allegory rather than plain speech and in this it is closely related to the book of revelations An interesting read albeit not an especially easy one


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