Early Christian Martyr Stories: An Evangelical Introduction with New Translations

Early Christian Martyr Stories: An Evangelical Introduction with New Translations

by Bryan M. Litfin

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Overview

Personal narratives are powerful instruments for teaching, both for conveying information and for forming character. The martyrdom accounts preserved in the literature of early Christianity are especially intense and dramatic. However, these narratives are not readily available and are often written in intimidating prose, making them largely inaccessible for the average reader. This introductory text brings together key early Christian martyrdom stories in a single volume, offering new, easy-to-read translations and expert commentary. An introduction and explanatory notes accompany each translation. The book not only provides a vivid window into the world of early Christianity but also offers spiritual encouragement and inspiration for Christian life today.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780801049583
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/07/2014
Pages: 188
Sales rank: 1,010,347
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Bryan M. Litfin (PhD, University of Virginia) is professor of theology at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, Illinois. He is the author of several books, including Getting to Know the Church Fathers, and has written numerous scholarly articles and essays.

Table of Contents

Contents
Introduction
1. The Maccabean Martyrs: Witnesses for God before Christ
2. Peter and Paul: Apostolic Proto-Martyrs
3. Ignatius of Antioch: Final Journey to Christ
4. Polycarp of Smyrna: A Gospel Passion
5. Justin Martyr: Apologetics at the Ultimate Price
6. The Martyrs of Lyons and Vienne: A Crown of Many Flowers
7. The Scillitan Martyrs: Africa Takes Its Stand
8. Perpetua and Felicity: Heroines of Faith
9. Tertullian: "The Blood of Christians Is Seed"
10. Origen of Alexandria: A Theology of Martyrdom
11. The Great Persecution: The Church's Hour of Fiery Testing
12. The Peace of Constantine: An Empire Conquered by the Cross
13. Augustine of Hippo: Honoring the Martyrs' Memory
Epilogue: The Meaning of the Martyrs
Index

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