The Other Christs: Imitating Jesus in Ancient Christian Ideologies of Martyrdom

Paperback | February 9, 2012

byCandida R. Moss

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Through groundbreaking analysis of early Christian texts, Candida Moss reveals that the words, actions, and deaths of martyrs are modeled on those of Christ. Moss traces this imitation through the literature of the Jesus movement and early church, then examines interpretations of the martyr'sdeath and afterlife. Arguing against the dominant theory that the martyr's death was seen as a sacrifice, Moss finds that beyond death martyrs continue to be assimilated to Christ as intercessors, judges, enthroned monarchs, and banqueters. Though characterization of the martyr as "another Christ"ultimately conflicted with theological commitments to Christ's uniqueness, Moss shows that, for a brief period, the martyr's imitation was viewed as sharing in the status of the exalted Christ.

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Through groundbreaking analysis of early Christian texts, Candida Moss reveals that the words, actions, and deaths of martyrs are modeled on those of Christ. Moss traces this imitation through the literature of the Jesus movement and early church, then examines interpretations of the martyr'sdeath and afterlife. Arguing against the dom...

Candida R. Moss is Assistant Professor of Liberal Studies and Concurrent Assistant Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame. She is the winner of the 2011 John Templeton Award for Theological Promise.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.68 inPublished:February 9, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199914389

ISBN - 13:9780199914388

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AbbreviationsIntroduction1. Suffering Like ChristThe Martyr as Alter ChristusThe Savior MartyrThe Martyr's HeavenThe Martyr as Divine HeirConclusionAppendixNotesBibliographyIndex