By Candida R. Moss
The significance of martyrdom for the unfold of Christianity within the first centuries of the typical period is a question of tolerating curiosity. during this leading edge new examine, Candida Moss bargains a greatly new historical past of martyrdom within the first and moment centuries that demanding situations conventional understandings of the unfold of Christianity and rethinks the character of Christian martyrdom itself. Martyrdom, Moss exhibits, was once now not a unmarried proposal, theology, or perform: there have been varied views and understandings of what it intended to die for Christ.
Beginning with an summary of old Greek, Roman, and Jewish rules approximately dying, Moss demonstrates that there have been many cultural contexts during which early Christian perspectives of martyrdom have been greatly at domestic. She then exhibits how special and diverging theologies of martyrdom emerged in numerous historical congregations. within the strategy she reexamines the authenticity of early Christian tales approximately martyrs and calls into query the dominant scholarly narrative concerning the unfold of martyrdom within the historical world.
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Ancient Christian Martyrdom: Diverse Practices, Theologies, and Traditions (The Anchor Yale Bible Reference Library) by Candida R. Moss