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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) by [Lightfoot, J.B., Kinsella, D. J.]
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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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 148 pages
  • Publisher: CrossReach Publications (31 July 2014)
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00MD16F44
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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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A really grim piece of work. Thank God it didn't make it into the Bible. I'm giving it two stars for the personifications of the Church as an old woman who grows younger as the 'story' (sermon) progresses.

These are the reasons for my criticism:

1. The dogmatic attitude of the writer. How many times does he (presumably a he) have to say that self-discipline will be a kind of saving grace? Isn’t there more to it all than that?

2. The spirits entering into a person. According to this piece of work, every human being is at the mercy of fickle powers. Maybe this is true - but is it really how it is portrayed here? Is anger always a spirit?

3. At one point the supposed powers that be intone that humans are simply overreacting to things (to paraphrase) ‘that amount to nothing’ - for instance some words that have been said of them. Except, these great and righteous powers then go on to over-react to every question asked of them by the narrator. They come across as fickle tyrants.

4. The narrator. I don't care that the narrator doesn't seem to grow or change as the book progresses. That he is called 'simple', That he is an archetypal naïf. What I care about is his unendurable sycophancy to the powers that be. Supposedly Christ speaks at some point. Supposedly.

5. You will leave this book feeling worse than when you began. Okay, espouse repentance. Fine. But don't drone on and on about anyone 'despising these words' being somehow horribly damned. What a pile of pants.

6. The whole tone of the writing. You will leave this book feeling brow-beaten and worse about yourself, worrying about all kinds of things. Where is the comfort? Where is the healing? Where is the encouragement?
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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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