Category Archives: Shepherd of Hermas

The Formation of the New Testament

For my write-up today on The Cambridge History of Christianity: Origins to Constantine, I’ll highlight what Harry Gamble says on pages 212-213 about the formation of the New Testament. “By the end of the second century the church at large … Continue reading

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The Shepherd of Hermas’ Christology

Johannes Quasten, Patrology, vol. I: The Beginnings of Patristic Literature, from the Apostle’s Creed to Irenaeus (Westminster: Christian Classics, 1983) 99-100. The Shepherd of Hermas was an influential Christian document from the first-second centuries C.E. The church fathers were divided … Continue reading

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Abraham’s Justification, My Justification, God as Father

1. Devorah Dimant, “Use and Interpretation of the Mikra in the Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha,” Mikra: Text, Translation, Reading and Interpretation of the Hebrew Bible in Ancient Judaism and Early Christianity, ed. Martin Jan Mulder (Peabody: Hendrickson, 2004) 394. “Abraham–‘found faithful … Continue reading

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Clement, Dispensationalism, and Salvation

For my daily quiet time, I’ve been reading early Christian writings, such as Shepherd of Hermas, Barnabas, and I-II Clement. Their Christianity seems to differ from dispensationalism, particularly the brand I encounter when I read Bullinger and Scofield. According to … Continue reading

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Sensitive Holy Spirit

In II Hermas 5, the divine messenger tells Hermas that the Holy Spirit won’t dwell in a person who’s bitter and angry. The Holy Spirit is sensitive and gentle, after all, so he can’t inhabit the same place as a … Continue reading

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Shepherd of Hermas on Divorce

Divorce is a pretty thorny issue for Christians, to say the least. I see that on my Christian dating site, which has a lot of divorced members. I wonder how they justify seeking another mate, when the New Testament has … Continue reading

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A Transformative Word

I’m reading an excellent book right now, Benyamin Cohen’s My Jesus Year: A Rabbi’s Son Wanders the Bible Belt in Search of His Own Faith. It’s about an orthodox Jew who grows tired of Judaism and decides to sample the … Continue reading

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