The Shepherd of Hermas is one of the oldest and most widely read Christian works. Copied in Latin, Ethiopic, Coptic, Middle Persian, and Georgian, the Shepherd had far-reaching influence. A new volume of essays looks at the religious experience in the Shepherd, a topic that has received little scholarly attention. Experiencing the Shepherd of Hermas (De Gruyter, 2022) was co-edited by Boston College School of Theology and Ministry Associate Professor Angela Kim Harkins and Harry O. Maier (Vancouver School of Theology). Harkins, Maier and the other scholars contributing to the volume approach Shepherd of Hermas from a variety of interdisciplinary perspectives, including critical literary theory, anthropology, cognitive science, affect theory, gender studies, intersectionality, and text reception. Harkins has published extensively on the topic of prayers, emotions, and religious experience in early Jewish and Christian texts and serves as an editor of the Journal of Ancient Judaism. Experiencing the Shepherd of Hermas is part of the Ekstasis: Religious Experience from Antiquity to the Middle Ages series.
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