The Other Christs: Imitating Jesus in Ancient Christian Ideologies of Martyrdom

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Oxford University Press, May 24, 2010 - Religion - 336 pages
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Moss begins by tracing the theme of imitating Jesus through suffering in the literature of the Jesus movement and early church and its application in martyrdom literature. She demonstrates the importance of imitating the sufferings of Christ as a practice and ethos in the Jesus movement. She then proceeds to the interpretations of the martyr's death and afterlife, arguing against the dominant theory that the martyr's death was viewed as a sacrifice, and finding that in their post-mortem existence martyrs continue to be assimilated to Christ, closely resembling the exalted Christ as intercessors, judges, enthroned monarchs and banqueters.
 

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Contents

Introduction
3
1 Suffering Like Christ
19
2 The Martyr as Alter Christus
45
3 The Savior Martyr
75
4 The Martyrs Heaven
113
5 The Martyr as Divine Heir
149
Conclusion
173

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Candida R. Moss is Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at the University of Notre Dame. She is the winner of the 2011 John Templeton Award for Theological Promise.

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