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.
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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
ContentsIntroduction1. The Maccabean Martyrs: Witnesses for God before Christ2. Peter and Paul: Apostolic Proto-Martyrs3. Ignatius of Antioch: Final Journey to Christ4. Polycarp of Smyrna: A Gospel Passion5. Justin Martyr: Apologetics at the Ultimate Price6. The Martyrs of Lyons and Vienne: A Crown of Many Flowers7. The Scillitan Martyrs: Africa Takes Its Stand8. Perpetua and Felicity: Heroines of Faith9. Tertullian: "The Blood of Christians Is Seed"10. Origen of Alexandria: A Theology of Martyrdom11. The Great Persecution: The Church's Hour of Fiery Testing12. The Peace of Constantine: An Empire Conquered by the Cross13. Augustine of Hippo: Honoring the Martyrs' MemoryEpilogue: The Meaning of the MartyrsIndex