Hermas in Arcadia and Other Essays – J. Rendel Harris

James Rendel Harris 1852-1941], Hermas in Arcadia and Other Essays

Today’s free book is a collection of essays by J. Rendel Harris on Hermas’ Shepherd, the Gospel of John and Euthalius & Eusebius. This public domain title was digitised from the copy held in Spurgeon’s College Library.

In the following pages I have reprinted two essays which throw some light on critical problems connected with the text and interpretation of that famous early Christian book, known as the Shepherd of Hermas. Each of them has been the starting point for important investigations by the leading scholars of our time; and I have endeavoured to indicate the accretions or corrections which they have made to my first statements, so that the student may not only have before him the texts of my researches, which are extant, sometimes in very brief form, in journals not very easy of access, but may also be able to bring the investigations up to their latest point of development.

Of these two essays the first appeared in June 1887 in the Journal of the Society for Biblical Literature and Exegesis (Boston, U.S.A.); the second is three years earlier in date; it was first printed in the Circulars of the Johns Hopkins University for April 1884, a publication containing many valuable notes on all branches of science, but not generally accessible, nor easy to handle. If the brief paper in question were estimated by the combat of giants which it provoked, I think it would be admitted that it was worth reprinting.

To these I have added a number of other pieces which may, perhaps, be found useful by the critics. Where they do not permanently instruct, they may transitorily please; and where the matter of them may seem to be unimportant, the method will sometimes be found deserving of consideration.


James Rendel Harris 1852-1941], Hermas in Arcadia and Other Essays. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1986. Hbk. pp.83. [Click here to visit the download page for this title]

Table of Contents

  • Preface
  1. Hermes in Arcadia
  2. On the Angelology of Hermas
  3. Prester John’s Library
  4. Presbyter Gaius and the Fourth Gospel
  5. Euthalius and Eusebius

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