The Shepherd of Hermas

Geoffrey Mark Hahneman

in The Muratorian Fragment and the Development of the Canon

Published in print October 1992 | ISBN: 9780198263418
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191682537 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Theological Monographs

The Shepherd of Hermas

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While the traditional dating of the Muratorian Fragment has been based on its statements about the Shepherd of Hermas, those statements themselves appear to be erroneous or misleading on several accounts. First, the dating of the Shepherd in the Fragment during the episcopacy of Pius is uncorroborated and most probably incorrect. All other evidence suggests a date around AD 100. Second, the tradition of authorship for the Shepherd presented in the Fragment, namely by Pius's brother, is also unlikely to be correct, and is otherwise unknown until the fourth century. Third, the reception of the Shepherd in the church as depicted by the Fragment militates against the traditional dating of the latter.

Keywords: Muratorian Fragment; Shepherd of Hermas; Pius

Chapter.  14983 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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