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dc.contributor.advisorElliott, Mark
dc.contributor.authorBatovici, Dan
dc.coverage.spatial[4], 78 p.en_US
dc.description.abstractThis MPhil thesis is an enquiry into the reception history of the Shepherd of Hermas, aiming to a better understanding of the earliest circulation of the Shepherd as authoritative text in early Christianity. Specifically, it hypothesizes and tries to document the perhaps obvious but nevertheless understudied link between the alleged scriptural status of the Shepherd with some early Patristic authors and its apocalyptic character. To that end, this thesis gathers an investigation of how its apparent scriptural character during Antiquity was dealt with in the recent bibliography on the New Testament canon, an analysis of Hermas’ earliest Patristic reception (by the means of a thorough assessment of Irenaeus of Lyon and Clement of Alexandria), and a reconsideration of its apocalyptic character, as the possible source of its authority. Overall, this research is proposed as shedding light on our understanding of how and why Hermas was authoritative in the earliest Christian centuries, which in turn would be relevant for the larger question of the circulation of authoritative texts in early Christianity. In particular, this research opens new ways for better addressing questions pertaining to the circulation and authority of early Christian non-NT works in Late Antiquity.en_US
dc.publisherUniversity of St Andrews
dc.subjectShepherd of Hermasen_US
dc.subjectIrenaeus of Lyonen_US
dc.subjectClement of Alexandriaen_US
dc.subjectHistory of the biblical canonen_US
dc.subject.lcshHermas, 2nd cent. Shepherd--History and criticismen_US
dc.subject.lcshHermas, 2nd cent. Shepherd--Appreciation--Historyen_US
dc.subject.lcshChristian literature, Early--History and criticismen_US
dc.subject.lcshApocalyptic literature--Historyen_US
dc.titlePatristic reception and apocalyptic character : the Shepherd of Hermas as authoritative book in early Christianityen_US
dc.type.qualificationnameMPhil Master of Philosophyen_US
dc.publisher.institutionThe University of St Andrewsen_US

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