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Hermas and the Prophet

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Agabus' prophecy concerning Paul is a good example of a recorded prophetic utterance, and probably in its authentic form. Direct speech appears to be the characteristic result of being filled with the Spirit. Luke relates that Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and immediately cried out aloud. The appearance of the Shepherd in the 5th Vision marks the beginning of a new part of the book of Hermas, possibly even the beginning of a separate book of the same author. The tension between reception and transmission is a very significant feature in Hermas' self-portrait and the subject deserves to be treated at some length. Hermas' understanding of his own role is confirmed by the use which Clement of Alexandria makes of his work. Clement holds it in high regard and quotes from it several times in his Stromata.

Keywords: Clement of Alexandria; Hermas; Holy Spirit; prophecy



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