The Other Christs: Imitating Jesus in Ancient Christian Ideologies of Martyrdom

The Other Christs: Imitating Jesus in Ancient Christian Ideologies of Martyrdom

by Candida R. Moss
     
 

ISBN-10: 0199739870

ISBN-13: 9780199739875

Pub. Date: 05/24/2010

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Through groundbreaking analysis of early Christian texts, Candida Moss reveals that the words, actions, and deaths of martyrs are modeled on those of Christ. Moss traces this imitation through the literature of the Jesus movement and early church, then examines interpretations of the martyr's death and afterlife. Arguing against the dominant theory that the

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Through groundbreaking analysis of early Christian texts, Candida Moss reveals that the words, actions, and deaths of martyrs are modeled on those of Christ. Moss traces this imitation through the literature of the Jesus movement and early church, then examines interpretations of the martyr's death and afterlife. Arguing against the dominant theory that the martyr's death was seen as a sacrifice, Moss finds that beyond death martyrs continue to be assimilated to Christ as intercessors, judges, enthroned monarchs, and banqueters. Though characterization of the martyr as "another Christ" ultimately conflicted with theological commitments to Christ's uniqueness, Moss shows that, for a brief period, the martyr's imitation was viewed as sharing in the status of the exalted Christ.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199739875
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
05/24/2010
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Abbreviations
Introduction
Chapter 1: Suffering Like Christ
Chapter 2: The Martyr as Alter Christus
Chapter 3: The Savior Martyr
Chapter 4: The Martyr's Heaven
Chapter 5: The Martyr as Divine Heir
Conclusion
Appendix
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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