Divine Deliverance: Pain and Painlessness in Early Christian Martyr Texts by L. Stephanie CobbDivine Deliverance: Pain and Painlessness in Early Christian Martyr Texts by L. Stephanie Cobb

Divine Deliverance: Pain and Painlessness in Early Christian Martyr Texts

byL. Stephanie Cobb

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Does martyrdom hurt? The obvious answer to this question is “yes. L. Stephanie Cobb, asserts, however, that early Christian martyr texts respond to this question with an emphatic “no!Divine Deliveranceexamines the original martyr texts of the second through fifth centuries, concluding that these narratives in fact seek to demonstrate the Christian martyrs' imperviousness to pain. For these martyrs, God was present with, and within, the martyrs, delivering them from pain. These martyrs' claims not to feel pain define and redefine Christianity in the ancient world: whereas Christians did not deny the reality of their subjection to state violence, they argued that they were not ultimately vulnerable to its painful effects.
L. Stephanie Cobbis the George and Sallie Cutchin Camp Professor of Bible in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Richmond. She is also author ofDying to Be Men: Gender and Language in Early Christian Martyr Texts.
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Title:Divine Deliverance: Pain and Painlessness in Early Christian Martyr TextsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:264 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.75 inPublished:November 22, 2016Publisher:University of California PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0520293355

ISBN - 13:9780520293359

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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Abbreviations

Introduction
1. Bodies in Pain: Ancient and Modern Horizons of Expectation
2. Text and Audience: Activating and Obstructing Expectations
3. Divine Analgesia: Painlessness in a Pain-Filled World
4. Whose Pain? Pain as a Locus of Meaning in Christian Martyr Texts
5. Narratives and Counternarratives: Discourse and Early Christian Martyr Texts
Conclusion

Notes
Bibliography
Index