Donatist Martyr Stories: The Church in Conflict in Roman North Africa

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Maureen A. Tilley
Liverpool University Press, 1996 - Religion - 101 pages

The Donatist Church of North Africa was known as the Church of the Martyrs, yet its martyr stories are virtually unknown. With this volume, Donatism regains its voice and its hagiography and is made accessible to English-language readers for the first time.

The stories included here provide a unique glimpse of daily life in a church which was the faith of the majority of North African Christians in the fourth and fifth centuries, and which survived until the rise of Islam in the region.


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About the author (1996)

Maureen A. Tilley received her AB Classical in Latin from the University of San Francisco, and MA in Theology/Scripture from St. Michael's College and her PhD in Religion from Duke University. She is currently Associate Professor of Religion at The Florida State University in Tallahassee whereshe teaches courses on Christianity in Late Antiquity, New Testament and Afro-Caribbean religions. Dr. Tilley's special interests include North African hagiography, the history of liturgy and the history of biblical interpretation. Her most recent travels have taken her to Tunisia (ancient AfricaProconsularis), the home of Donatism. She is the author of The Bible in North Africa: The Donatist World, forthcoming from Fortress in 1997.

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