Bible Names H-M: Hermas
Hermas in Easton's Bible Dictionary
Mercury, a Roman Christian to whom Paul sends greetings (Rom.
16: 14). Some suppose him to have been the author of
celebrated religious romance called The Shepherd, but
it is very
probable that that work is the production of a later
Hermas in Fausset's Bible Dictionary
One at Rome to whom Paul sends greeting (Romans 16:14). A
Greek name. Irenaeus, Tertullian, and Origen attribute to him
"The Shepherd," supposed by some to have been written in the
episcopacy of Clement I; others deny Hermas of Romans 16 to be
the author. Its author appears from internal evidence to have
been married and to have had children, and to have been a lay
mystic. Originally in Greek, but now only in a Latin version
entire. An inferior kind of Pilgrim's Progress in three parts:
the first has four visions, the second 12 spiritual precepts,
the third ten similitudes shadowing forth each some truth.
Each man, according to it, has a bad and a good angel, who
endeavour to influence him for evil and good respectively.
Hermas in Hitchcock's Bible Names
Hermas in Naves Topical Bible
-A Christian at Rome
Hermas in Smiths Bible Dictionary
(Mercury), the name of a Christian resident at Rome to whom
St. Paul sends greetings in his Epistle to the Romans. Ro
16:14 (A.D. 55.) Irenaeus, Tertullian and Origen agree in
attributing to him the work called The shepherd. It was never
received into the canon, but yet was generally cited with
respect only second to that which was paid to the
authoritative books of the New Testament.
Hermas in the Bible Encyclopedia - ISBE
hur'-mas (Hermas): An abbreviated form of several names, e.g.
Hermagoras, Hermeros, Hermodorus, Hermogenes, etc.; the name
of a Roman Christian to whom Paul sent greetings (Rom 16:14).
Origen and some later writers have identified him with the
author of The Pastor of Hermas, but without sufficient reason.
According to the Canon of Muratori, the author of The Pastor
wrote when his brother Pius was bishop of Rome (140-55 AD). He
speaks of himself, however, as a contemporary of Clement of
Rome (chapter 4) (circa 100 AD). The name Hermas is very
common, and Origen's identification is purely conjectural.
S. F. Hunter
Hermas Scripture - Romans 16:14
Salute Asyncritus, Phlegon, Hermas, Patrobas, Hermes, and the
brethren which are with them.
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