Performing Virtue on the Household Stage in The Shepherd of Hermas

October 12, 2022
7:00-8:30 PM EDT

About the Event

October 12, 2022

To assist participants in preparing to appreciate the Fall Christianity Seminar II session on “Staging Households,” we will look at The Shepherd of Hermas, a long but popular text among early Christ groups.

A combination of short lectures and discussion of intriguing passages from this document will introduce lines of inquiry for the Fall seminar around “the household as a stage on which emergent Christianity was performed.”

Written by a freedman, The Shepherd of Hermas offers abundant material about household forms androles. We will consider passages from the work that offer insights into the internal experience of a formerly enslaved man who became a head of household connected with early Christ groups at Rome.

We will explore what the document reveals about the internal stage on which a formerly enslaved Christ follower performs what would become identified as Christian virtues for his chosen master, God.

Join us for this free introductory webinar with Dr.Susan M. (Elli) Elliott in preparation for the Christianity Seminar II Fall Meeting, "Staging Households."


Susan M. (Elli) Elliott
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