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The Other ChristsImitating Jesus in Ancient Christian Ideologies of Martyrdom$
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Candida Moss

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199739875

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199739875.001.0001

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Suffering Like Christ

Suffering Like Christ

(p.19) 1 Suffering Like Christ
The Other Christs

Candida R. Moss (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the theme of suffering in imitation of Jesus in the New Testament and literature of the Jesus movement. It begins with a discussion of the importance of mimesis and imitation in the ancient world and argues that rather than viewing imitation in New Testament literature as “discipleship” and imitation in noncanonical literature as “imitation,” we should treat both in a similar manner. It argues, as a result of this position, that the idea of following Jesus by suffering like him was an important component of discipleship and feature of exhortation in the writings of the Jesus movement (including the Pauline epistles, gospels of Mark and Luke, 1 Peter, Hebrews, Revelation, First Clement, and writings of Ignatius).

Keywords:   suffering, imitation, New Testament, Jesus movement, discipleship

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