The Martyr’s Heaven

Candida R. Moss

in The Other Christs

Published in print April 2010 | ISBN: 9780199739875
Published online May 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199777259 | DOI:
The Martyr’s Heaven

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This chapter examines the martyrs’ rapid ascent to heaven following death and the roles that the martyrs play in the afterlife in heaven. In opposition to the ordinary dead, martyrs quickly ascend — by various routes — to heaven and participate in a number of activities similar to those of the exalted Christ. It argues that, rather than assuming that martyrs serve in a similar capacity as angels in heaven, it is possible to view the martyrs’ participation in a heavenly banquet, judgment scenes, and role as heavenly intercessor as analogous to the roles of Christ. This suggests that the question of the martyrs’ identity is more complicated than is usually assumed.

Keywords: afterlife; ascent to heaven; angels; intercessors; heavenly banquet; judgment

Chapter.  16266 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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