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Radical Martyrdom And Cosmic Conflict in Early Christianity (Library of New Testament Studies) [Hardcover]

By Paul Middleton (Author)
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Pages   207
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.21" Width: 6.14" Height: 0.56"
Weight:   1.08 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Aug 30, 2006
Publisher   T. & T. Clark Publishers, Ltd.
ISBN  0567041646  
EAN  9780567041647  


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Several view of martyrdom co-existed in the early Church. The 'orthodox' position, generally accepted by scholars, was that a Christian should choose martyrdom rather than deny the Faith, but should not, on any account, court death. Although it has been recognised that some in the early Church did seek a glorified death, by giving themselves over to arrest, most scholars have dismissed such acts as differing from 'the accepted attitude to martyrdom' in the early Church. Therefore, instances of volitional, or radical martyrdom, have been largely overlooked or sidelined in scholarly investigations into the theology and origins of Christian martyrdom.
Paul Middleton argues that, far from being a deviant strand of early Christianity, 'radical martyrdom' was a significant, and widely held idealised form of devotion in the late first to early third centuries. Christian martyrdom is placed within the heritage of Jewish War tradition, with each martyr making an important contribution to the cosmic conflict between Satan and God. "Radical Martyrdom" re-examines the presentation, theology, and origins of Christian martyrdom up to the beginning of the Decian persecutions in the light of new perspectives on the subject.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Dr. Paul Middleton is Lecturer in New Testament Studies at the University of Wales, Lampeter. Angus Paddison is Theology Lecturer in the University of Winchester, UK.

Karen Wenell, lecturer in Theology in the Department of Religious Education, University of Glasgow and co-editor of the Expository Times, New College, University of Edinburgh. Author of Jesus and Land: Sacred and Social Space in Second Temple Judaism" (2007).

Paul Middleton was born in 1966.

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Several view of martyrdom co-existed in the early church. The "orthodox" position, generally accepted by scholars, was that a Christian should choose martyrdom rather than deny the faith, but should not, on any account, court death. Although it has been recognized that some in the early church did seek a glorified death, by giving themselves over to arrest, most scholars have dismissed such acts as differing from "the accepted attitude to martyrdom" in the early church. Therefore, instances of volitional, or radical martyrdom, have been largely overlooked or sidelined in scholarly investigations into the theology and origins of Christian martyrdom. The author argues that, far from being a deviant strand of early Christianity, "radical martyrdom" was a significant, and widely held idealized form of devotion in the late first to early third centuries. Christian martyrdom is placed within the heritage of Jewish War tradition, with each martyr making an important contribution to the cosmic conflict between Satan and God. This book re-examines the presentation, theology, and origins of Christian martyrdom up to the beginning of the Decian persecutions in the light of new perspectives on the subject.
 

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