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The Other Christs Imitating Jesus in Ancient Christian Ideologies of Martyrdom by Candida R. (Assistant Professor, Notre Dame University) Moss
  

The Other Christs Imitating Jesus in Ancient Christian Ideologies of Martyrdom

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The Other Christs Imitating Jesus in Ancient Christian Ideologies of Martyrdom by Candida R. (Assistant Professor, Notre Dame University) Moss

Through groundbreaking analysis of early Christian texts, Candida Moss reveals that the words, actions, and deaths of martyrs are modeled on those of Christ. Moss traces this imitation through the literature of the Jesus movement and early church, then examines interpretations of the martyr's death and afterlife. Arguing against the dominant theory that the martyr's death was seen as a sacrifice, Moss finds that beyond death martyrs continue to be assimilated to Christ as intercessors, judges, enthroned monarchs, and banqueters. Though characterization of the martyr as another Christ ultimately conflicted with theological commitments to Christ's uniqueness, Moss shows that, for a brief period, the martyr's imitation was viewed as sharing in the status of the exalted Christ.

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a thorough and wide-ranging book. * Benjamin H. Dunning, Journal of the American Academy of Religion *


About the Author

Candida R. Moss is Assistant Professor of Liberal Studies and Concurrent Assistant Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame. She is the winner of the 2011 John Templeton Award for Theological Promise.

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Book Info

Publication date

1st February 2012

Author

Candida R. (Assistant Professor, Notre Dame University) Moss

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Publisher

Oxford University Press Inc

Format

Paperback
336 pages

Categories

The historical Jesus
Christian theology


ISBN

9780199914388

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