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The Shepherd of Hermas: Original intro by J. B. Lightfoot with new intro by D. J. Kinsella (Lost Books of the Bible Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

J.B. Lightfoot , D. J. Kinsella
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The Shepherd of Hermas is an astounding piece of ancient Christian writing. It is usually dated at between 120 Ad and 150 Ad. This means that the author may have been in contact with an Apostle such as John who died around 98 Ad. And he was most certainly contemporaneous with those who knew some of the Apostle such as Ignatius and Polycarp.

- from the Introduction by Dave Kinsella

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Joseph Barber Lightfoot (13 April 1828 – 21 December 1889), known as J. B. Lightfoot, was an English theologian and Bishop of Durham. Lightfoot was born in Liverpool, where his father was an accountant. He was educated at King Edward's School, Birmingham, under James Prince Lee. His contemporaries included Brooke Foss Westcott and Edward White Benson. In 1847 Lightfoot went to Trinity College, Cambridge, and read for his degree along with Westcott. He graduated senior classic and 30th wrangler, and was elected a fellow of his college. From 1854 to 1859 he edited the Journal of Classical and Sacred Philology. In 1857 he became tutor and his fame as a scholar grew. He was made Hulsean professor in 1861, and shortly afterwards chaplain to the Prince Consort and honorary chaplain in ordinary to Queen Victoria. In 1866 he was Whitehall preacher, and in 1871 he became canon of St Paul's Cathedral. The Times wrote after his death that It was always patent that what he was chiefly concerned with was the substance and the life of Christian truth, and that his whole energies were employed in this inquiry because his whole heart was engaged in the truths and facts which were at stake. In 1875 Lightfoot became Lady Margaret's Professor of Divinity in succession to William Selwyn. In 1879 he was consecrated bishop of Durham in succession to Charles Baring. He soon surrounded himself with a band of scholarly young men. Lightfoot was never married. He died at Bournemouth and was succeeded in the episcopate by Westcott, his schoolfellow and lifelong friend. He served as President of the first day of the 1880 Co-operative Congress. Lightfoot wrote commentaries on the Epistle to the Galatians (1865), Epistle to Philippians (1868) and Epistle to the Colossians. In 1874, the anonymous publication of Supernatural Religion, a work speculated by some to be authored by Walter Richard Cassels, attracted attention. In a series of papers in the Contemporary Review, between December 1874 and May 1877, Lightfoot undertook the defense of the New Testament canon. The articles were published in collected form in 1889. About the same time he was engaged in contributions to William Smith's Dictionary of Christian Biography and Dictionary of the Bible, and he also joined the committee for revising the translation of the New Testament. The corpus of Lightfoot's writings include essays on biblical and historical, commentaries on Pauline epistles, and studies on the Apostolic Fathers.

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  • Publisher: CrossReach Publications (31 July 2014)
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  • Language: English
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5.0 out of 5 stars Popular In Ancient Times 16 Dec. 2013
By M. Dowden HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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If you are interested in the Church and Early Christianity then this book is really a must have. There is an active table of contents here, but I should point out that for some reason the publishers have formatted this in grey, rather than black type.

First written some time in the First or Second Century A.D. (C.E), we only know a few things about this work. No one can say for sure who wrote it, although we do know that it was originally written in Greek, and then in Latin. This does appear in the Codex Sinaiticus and was very popular for a few centuries, with it being read aloud by even the clergy in church. An allegorical series of visions, mandates and parables this is of interest to laymen as well as scholars as it tells how to live rightly, in a Christian way.

This short book hasn't been without controversy over the years, and is non-Canonical and thus not in the Bible, but even so it is still worth giving it a read for those interested. With the advent of the Kindle and anyone being able to publish their own works there has been an increase in religious thought, texts and expressions, but probably nothing quite so elegant as this work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 23 April 2013
By MikeW
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Just what I wanted and downloaded very quickly and easily. It helped me with some research that I needed and I will use it many times.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential early church book 12 May 2014
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This nook was part of the early churches canon. If you are studying church history it is a must have.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 13 May 2015
By flower
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Very nice read love history
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but it feels like a second generation walk with God 5 April 2014
By gwjazz - Published on Amazon.com
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Rumor has it that at one time this collection was considered for Scripture, but after one reading you can tell that the feeling of it feels like a generation of being with Jesus first hand has passed. Similar writings to Scripture, but it feels like its been rewarmed a bit. Still, the emphasis on certain virtues and vices is illuminating and inspiring.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Formatting is good. Not impressed with the work itself 15 Dec. 2014
By Cindy - Published on Amazon.com
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Formatting is good. Not impressed with the work itself, but if you know you want this historical work of the early church, I think you'll be satisfied with the kindle version.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Influential Christian Text Not in Scriptural Canon 1 Aug. 2014
By Joseph G. Wick - Published on Amazon.com
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I've heard this work was very well liked by early Christians and just escaped being included in the canons of scripture. I'm glad it escaped. While it has much to say about the "mystical" life it is, in my opinion, filled with overwrought allegory. It's worth reading for its historical importance, but I doubt it has much spiritual relevance for modern Christians.
5.0 out of 5 stars Clear and concise 18 Feb. 2014
By bisurvivor - Published on Amazon.com
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Well put book on the Shepard, it really does open ones eyes in conjunction with other Bible stories.
A very good read
4.0 out of 5 stars For History's Sake, You Might Want to Look At It 4 Nov. 2014
By R. Callicotte - Published on Amazon.com
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Not sure what to think about it, but in some ways it seems fuzzy. Not sure always what the point is, but it seems like interesting literature. As for the authenticity and juxtaposition compared to the Bible, I'm really uncertain. Might be worth taking a look.
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