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Bibil Identifier bibil:261012
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Slaves, Freedpersons, and Parables
Title (English, ) Two Notes on a Recent Study of the Shepherd of Hermas, Similitude 5
Author Lookadoo, Jonathon
Journal Biblica (Volume: 102, Issue: 2)
Year (Publication) 2021
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2021
Year (Copyright) 2021
Year (Reference) 2021
Year (Second publication) 2021
Language English
Pages 270-280 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract This article advances scholarship on Hermas’s social status by developing two suggestions from Mary Ann Beavis’s recent study of Herm. Sim. 5.2.2-11 (55.2-11). It first reads the exchange between the freedman and slaves (Herm. Sim. 5.2.9-10 [55.9-10]) and the reciprocity between rich and poor (Herm. Sim. 2.5-7 [51.5-7]) as attempts to uphold the traditional value of reciprocal gift-giving. It then explores the parable’s christological interpretation (Herm. Sim. 5.5.2–5.6.4 [58.2–59.4]) as a description of the Son’s salvific work in terms familiar to a freedperson’s experience. These elements are best understood if Hermas is a freedman in the Shepherd.
DOI 10.2143/BIB.102.2.3289502
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Christianity : Ancient Christian Literature : Apostolic Fathers : Shepherd of Hermas
Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Christianity : Themes : Christology
Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Christianity : Themes : Slave
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