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Hermas, Shepherd of

Shepherd of Hermas (her´məs), Christian apocalyptic work, composed in Rome c.AD 139–AD 155. It is a collection of revelations given to Hermas, a devout Christian, by an angel (Shepherd) and is divided into three sections: Visions, Mandates, and Similitudes. The teachings are concerned mostly with matters of penance, morals, and the condition of the church; they were highly regarded by early Christians. The book is extant in fragments of the original Greek and in complete Latin and Ethiopic texts. It has been published in English translation in collections of patristic literature.

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Hermas

Hermas. Second-cent. Roman Christian and author of a work called The Shepherd. This purports to have been written in consequence of a series of visions. It is divided into five ‘Visions’, twelve ‘Mandates’, and ten ‘Similitudes’. In the E. Church it was widely regarded as scripture, and is found in the Codex Sinaiticus after the New Testament.

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