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The Eleventh Mandate

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Among the writings of Hermas the 11th Mandate stands apart with regard to both its subject matter and its form. As far as the former is concerned, it is the only text which pertains to Christian prophecy. The absence of any other reference to Christian prophecy in the book of Hermas has led Snyder to take an opposite view of the 11th Mandate. The 11th Mandate itself shows beyond doubt that the prophet and the false prophet are a concern of Hermas. All concepts and materials which the author uses serve a single purpose, namely to picture the contrast between the prophet and the false prophet and what they stand for: on the one hand the Spirit, the church and the faithful, on the other hand, the spirit of the devil, paganism and the double-minded Christians.

Keywords: Eleventh Mandate; False Prophet; Hermas; Spirit

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