Contextualising Early Christian Martyrdom by Jakob EngbergContextualising Early Christian Martyrdom by Jakob Engberg

Contextualising Early Christian Martyrdom

EditorJakob Engberg, Uffe Holmsgaard Eriksen, Anders Klostergaard Petersen

Hardcover | December 23, 2010

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This collection of essays examines Christian martyrdom by locating it in different historical, cultural and social contexts. Chronologically, the book analyses traditions predating the Christian martyr literature and ideology proper, and studies an example of how this ideology was transformed in the post-Constantinian era. Within this chronological span the following contextual themes are discussed: the arena and the values represented by gladiatorial combat and executions; the reaction of ‘others’ to Christian martyrdom and martyr ideology; how Christians differentiated suicide from martyrdom; the relationship between Christian apologetic literature and martyr literature; and the conceptions of gender and sexuality in Jewish and Christian martyr literature in their Greco-Roman setting.
The three editors work together at the Centre for the Study of Antiquity and Christianity, Faculty of Theology, Aarhus University. Jakob Engberg is Associate Professor of Early Church History and coordinator of the MA programme The Religious Roots of Europe. Uffe Holmsgaard Eriksen is a PhD fellow working on dramatic elements in the hy...
Title:Contextualising Early Christian MartyrdomFormat:HardcoverDimensions:9.06 × 5.91 × 0.98 inPublished:December 23, 2010Publisher:Peter Lang GmbH, Internationaler Verlag der WissenschaftenLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:3631595131

ISBN - 13:9783631595138


Table of Contents

Contents: Anders Klostergaard Petersen/Jakob Engberg: Finding Relevant Contexts for Early Christian Martyrdom – Niels Willert: Martyrology in the Passion Narratives of the Synoptic Gospels – Stefan Krauter: The Martyrdom of Stephen – Jesper Carlsen: Exemplary Deaths in the Arena: Gladitorial Fights and the Execution of Criminals – Jakob Engberg: Martyrdom and Persecution - Pagan Perspectives on the Prosecution and Execution of Christians c. 110 210 AD – Jesper Hyldahl: Gnostic Critique of Martyrdom – Nils Arne Pedersen: «A Prohibition So Divine» - The Origins of the Christian Ban on Suicide – Judith Lieu: The Audience of Apologetics: the Problem of the Martyr Acts – Anders Klostergaard Petersen: Gender bending in Early Jewish and Christian Martyr Texts – Dayna S. Kalleres: Imagining Martyrdom During Theodosian Peace. John Chrysostom and the Problem of Judaizers.