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Not much is known of Hermas (150c). In his story The Shepherd, he states that he was originally a slave. He eventually gained his freedom, married, started a business, lost nearly everything, watched his children stray, and finally reunited his family. In The Shepherd, Hermas describes a series of visions about Christian life and morality. Throughout the story Hermas is both the hero and the narrator. The story is set in Rome and is divided into three parts: five visions, twelve mandates, and ten similitudes, or parables. In brief, the twelve mandates depict Christian virtues--humility, chastity, truthfulness, long-suffering, simplicity, respectfulness, and good cheer. The mandates also exhort believers to purity and repentance. Prominent here is the “Two Ways” pattern of moral instruction (the way of life and the way of death). This mirrors the Didache and other early Christian ethical writings.
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Linkko publishing
July 25, 2012
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