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
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With this volume, Donatism regains its voice and its hagiography is available in English for the first time. The stories included provide a unique opportunity to glimpse the daily life of the church which for over a century was the faith of the majority of North African Christians. The narratives represent the lives and deaths of Christians who carried on pre-Constantine traditions from the fourth century to the advent of Islam.
 

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Contents

The Donatist Passion of Cyprian
1
The Acts of the Abitinian Martyrs
25
A Sermon Given on the Passion of Saints Donatus and Advocatus
51
The Martyrdom of Marculus
77
Bibliography
91
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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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