In the Shepherd of Hermas, the author who calls himself Hermas offers a lengthy and detailed description of his visionary experiences and the dialogues he has with his revelatory agents of which the Shepherd is the most prominent one. The work consists of three parts: 5 Visions, 12 Mandates, and 10 Similitudes. Much about Hermas remains puzzling (see also Grundeken, 2015).
Hermas, Shepherd of (4,385 words)
Cite this pageGrundeken, Mark R.C., “Hermas, Shepherd of”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 28 September 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2589-7993_EECO_SIM_00001540>
First published online: 2018
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