Paul the Martyr: The Cult of the Apostle in the Latin West

Paul the Martyr: The Cult of the Apostle in the Latin West

by David L. Eastman
     
 
Ancient iconography of Paul is dominated by one image: Paul as martyr. Whether he is carrying a sword—the traditional instrument of his execution—or receiving a martyr’s crown from Christ, the apostle was remembered and honored for his faithfulness to the point of death. As a result, Christians created a cult of Paul, centered on particular holy

Overview

Ancient iconography of Paul is dominated by one image: Paul as martyr. Whether he is carrying a sword—the traditional instrument of his execution—or receiving a martyr’s crown from Christ, the apostle was remembered and honored for his faithfulness to the point of death. As a result, Christians created a cult of Paul, centered on particular holy sites and characterized by practices such as the telling of stories, pilgrimage, and the veneration of relics. This study integrates literary, archaeological, artistic, and liturgical evidence to describe the development of the Pauline cult within the cultural context of the late antique West.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9789004187054
Publisher:
Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
08/25/2011
Series:
SBL - Writings from the Greco-Roman World Supplements, #4
Pages:
238
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

David L. Eastman is Lecturer in New Testament Greek and Christian History at Yale Divinity School. He is a contributing author to Cities of Paul: Images and Interpretations from the Harvard New Testament and Archaeology Project (Fortress) and has worked with the Ohio State University Excavations at Isthmia, Greece.

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