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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 as Alter Christus

The Martyr as Alter Christus

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The Other Christs

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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

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