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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
|Length: 148 pages||Word Wise: Enabled|
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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.
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?Read more ›
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Provides a good text for one of the early writings of the church that did not quite make it into the canon.Published 5 months ago by Ernest Gray