Shepherd of Hermas  

Shepherd of Hermas was well-known and enjoyed great influence amongst early Christians in the 2nd and 3rd centuries, but its popularity had almost entirely died out by the 4th century.

The Shepard of Hermas is an allegorical book written mostly in the first person describing the visions of Hermas, a former slave. It also includes 12 commandments and 10 parables on Christian Ethics and the importance of being faithful.

The Shepard of Hermas was referenced by many early church fathers such as Origen, Tertullian, Irenaeus and Clement of Alexandria.


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Year Written: (Assumed)100-160 AD
Scripture Type:Church Father - Apostolic
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