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by William HC Frend

Although the story of the triumphant rise of Christianity has often been told, it was a triumph achieved through blood and tribulation. The literal meaning of the term martyr meant witness, but among early Christians it quickly acquireda harsher meaning ' one who died for the faith ' and that witness through death was responsible for many conversions, including those of Justin Martyr, himself to offer just such witness, and perhaps Tertullian. Persecution was seen by early Christians, as by later historians, as one of the crucial infl uences on the growth and development of the early Church and Christian beliefs. Why did the Roman Empire persecute Christians' Why did thousands of Christians not merely accept but welcome martyrdom' In his classic work, Martyrdom and Persecution in the Early Church, the late W.H.C. Frend explores the mindset of those who suffered persecution as well as the motivation of those who persecuted them. He shows the critical importance for early Christians of Jewish ideas, influenced heavily as they were by the story of Daniel and the trauma of the revolt of the Maccabeean. He argues that the Christian concept of martyrdom, so highly regarded among early Christians, can only be understood as springing from Jewish roots. Frend explores a number of major persecutions, such as that in Lyons in the second century, the Decian Persecution in the third, and the Great Persecution under Diocletian in the fourth, showing both the common themes and the variations, and examines also the relationship between the heavenly kingdom of Christ and the rule of the earthly emperor. In doing so he shows how the persecutions formed an essential part in a providential philosophy of history that has profoundly influenced European political thought.
Download Martyrdom and Persecution in the Early Church epub
ISBN: 0227172299
ISBN13: 978-0227172292
Category: History
Subcategory: World
Author: William HC Frend
Language: English
Publisher: James Clarke & Co (March 27, 2008)
Pages: 626 pages
ePUB size: 1334 kb
FB2 size: 1896 kb
Rating: 4.3
Votes: 451
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i am a history buff and a student. This text is long, so the reader needs to be determined. Yet within the text the author brings copius notes, primary documents, and illuminates each chapter with necessary embellishment, but is not academically boring.
I learned a lot reading this text, but took a while to finish it. Frend is definitely the Master of Early Church history. He does not only make the history say what it seems to say, without bias. His thesis seems sound and assertions are credible. Even if you don't need to write a critical review, I am glad it is my reference work in my library.
It's unfortunate this book is so expensive, nevertheless, if your desire is to learn about martyrdom and persecution in the early church then this is the book for you. There are a number of really good books on the subject now that are less expensive (Castelli, York, Slane, etc.) but all of them, at their best, still rely on the work of Frend (at least in terms of their arguments relating to the early church). I guess that's what makes this a classic.