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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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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

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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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Library Journal
08/01/2014
Litfin (theology, Moody Bible Inst., Chicago; Getting To Know the Church Fathers) has compiled a selection of early Christian martyr texts in a volume intended for an evangelical audience who may be interested in reading the stories as an aid to spiritual devotion. The author's opening chapter gives context for the narratives and is in line with the best current scholarship on the subject, which holds that while some Christians were persecuted, these persecutions were localized and sporadic. The author goes on to translate some key texts that will be familiar to most students of early Christianity, including those by Ignatius of Antioch, Justin Martyr, and saints Perpetua and Felicity. His notes will help general readers understand more of the context that gave rise to the material. The book closes with a sermon by Augustine of Hippo on how the church might honor the martyrs. VERDICT General readers will find this helpful work an accessible introduction to early Christian martyr texts for devotional use and perhaps church classes. Litfin does a fine job of introducing this literature to an Evangelical Christian audience who may not encounter it in church or academic settings.—Aaron Klink, Duke Univ., Durham, NC

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801049583
Publisher:
Baker Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/07/2014
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
862,542
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

Meet 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.

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