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Shepherd of Hermas
(589 words)

[German Version]

This document is an extended revelatory text classified with the Apostolic Fathers that probably originated in or near Rome in the first half of the 2nd century ce. It borrows heavily from Jewish parenesis, and it has been questioned whether it is really a Christian text, given the absence of even the name of Christ. Yet occasional discussions of the Son of God secure its Christian position. Structured as an apocalypse, it lacks many of the characteristics of that genre. The repetitive and paratactic struct…

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Osiek, Carolyn, “Shepherd of Hermas”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 09 August 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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