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Paul the Martyr: The Cult of the Apostle in the Latin West
Eastman, David L.

Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2011 pp. xx + 238. $30.95

Series Information
Society of Biblical Literature Writings from the Greco-Roman World Supplement series, 4


Description: Ancient iconography of Paul is dominated by one image: Paul as martyr. Whether he is carrying a sword--the traditional instrument of his execution--or receiving a martyr's crown from Christ, the apostle was remembered and honored for his faithfulness to the point of death. As a result, Christians created a cult of Paul, centered on particular holy sites and characterized by practices such as the telling of stories, pilgrimage, and the veneration of relics. This study integrates literary, archaeological, artistic, and liturgical evidence to describe the development of the Pauline cult within the cultural context of the late antique West.

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Pauline Epistles, Literature

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Review by Shelly Matthews
Published 6/22/2012
Citation: Shelly Matthews, review of David L. Eastman, Paul the Martyr: The Cult of the Apostle in the Latin West, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2012).


Review by Lee M. Jefferson
Published 6/22/2012
Citation: Lee M. Jefferson, review of David L. Eastman, Paul the Martyr: The Cult of the Apostle in the Latin West, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2012).


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