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The Martyr as <i>Alter Christus</i>

Candida R. Moss

in The Other Christs

Published in print April 2010 | ISBN: 9780199739875
Published online May 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199777259 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199739875.003.0002
The Martyr as Alter Christus

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This chapter uses the acts of the martyrs as a window into the reception history of the passion narrative. It begins with a discussion of the ways in which martyrdom was presented as grounded in scripture and an interpretation of various commands and instructions given by Jesus in the New Testament. From here it proceeds to analyze in detail the various ways in which narrative elements of the death of Jesus — prayer, crucifixion, overturning tables in the temple, forgiving executioners, the citation of psalmody, the conversion of bystanders, and so forth — were interpreted in the acts of the martyrs for liturgical, rhetorical, and theological effect.

Keywords: martyrs; reception history; passion narrative; imitation of Christ; death of Jesus

Chapter.  13674 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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