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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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The Martyr’s Heaven

The Martyr’s Heaven

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The Other Christs

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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

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