[b-greek] Re: racist overtones in Hermas

From: Frank W. Hughes (fwhughes@sunbeach.net)
Date: Mon Sep 04 2000 - 09:33:14 EDT

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Wow -- the racism in that text is strong.&nbsp; I wouldn't call it an overtone.&nbsp;
How about just translating it as it is and then just saying it is racist?
<p>This reminds me of the remark about Cretans in the epistle to Titus.&nbsp;
But there it is about people from Crete and their behavior, whereas in
the Hermas text the comment is about black people as an inferior race.
<p>Maybe I should create a postgraduate seminar on "Racism and Sexism in
Early Christian Literature."&nbsp; Hermas, <u>Similitude</u> 9 would be
a star text.&nbsp; I think I would also include the passage in Augustine
preferring the Greek OT over the Hebrew Bible.
<p>Thanks for the idea.
<p>Frank W. Hughes
<br>Lecturer in New Testament Studies
<br>Codrington College
<br>St. John


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