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Hermas meaning

Ερμας

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🔼The name Hermas in the Bible

The name Hermas occurs only once in the Bible. At the end of his letter to the Romans, Paul greets a few of his friends, including Hermas "and the brethren with him" (Romans 16:14).

It may be that this Hermas became the famous bishop of Dalmatia, but that may very well have been the Hermes who Paul mentions just before Hermas, also in Romans 16:14. It's unknown.

🔼Etymology of the name Hermas

It's not clear whether the Hermas (Ερμας) mentioned by Paul is a known variant of the name Hermes (Ερμης) or whether it's a whole other name, perhaps from another language. It's conceivable that Hermes and Hermas originally had the same name and were told apart this way (something comparable appears to be going on with the names Tryphosa and Tryphaena).

The Greek word ερμα (herma) denotes the ballast which keeps a ship steady when it's docked, and is used metaphorically for whatever keeps the economy of a city stable. The verb ερμαζω (hermazo) means to steady or support, and the adjective ερμασις (hermasis) means supporting. Our sources don't explicitly mention it, but it wouldn't be surprising if these words are related to the following:

🔼Hermas meaning

The name Hermas probably means the same as the name Hermes, which, we propose, is (New) Declaration or (Supporting) Message.