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Diverse intellectual and cultural environments continued to impact the Christian development of martyrological ideologies. Moss therefore examines the developments of Christian martyrdom regionally. The Asiatic Community is discussed in chapter two. Moss questions the linguistic-based scholarly view that identifies Asia Minor as the cradle of Christian martyrdom p. This is only one of the reasons why she questions the integrity and the dating of the Martyrdom of Polycarp to the second century.
Even if the Martyrdom of Polycarp were a second-century account, Moss points out, it does not appear to influence early Christian thinkers until the composition of the third-century Martyrdom of Pionius. Chapter Three addresses the Christian community in Rome. What the Roman Christian literature has in common with that of the Asiatic Church is merely the creation of the persecution narrative. In the Roman Christian literature of martyrdom and apologetics, martyrs follow the philosophical model of Socrates—symbolizing virtue vs.
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North African martyrdom is discussed in Chapter Five. Here, too, Moss doubts the authenticity of the available North African accounts. In the case of the Acts of the Scillitan Martyrs , Moss questions the delineations of Roman legal procedures and demands to hand over religious books. Chapter Six aims to deconstruct pro- and anti-martyrdom ideologies. According to Moss, not all the so-called pro-martyrdom accounts viewed martyrdom as an ideal that should never be avoided, and not all the alleged anti-martyrdom narratives rejected the idea all together.
Though supportive of martyrdom, Clement of Alexandria is also critical of voluntary martyrdom.
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He employs Gnostic terminology and values to construct the true martyr, despite being anti-Gnostic. Clement as well as Cyprian of Carthage marks the beginning of exegetical and rational foundation for the option of self-exile. On the other hand, Gnostics were not fundamentally opposed to martyrdom nor detached from mainstream martyrdom literature. This talk will use ancient medicine and archeology to examine what the resurrected body of Jesus is actually like and why it matters for claims about the resurrection.
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