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Martyriumsvorstellungen in Antike und Mittelalter: Leben oder sterben für Gott?
Fuhrmann, Sebastian and Regina Grundmann, editors

Leiden: Brill, 2012 pp. vi + 324. $166.00

Series Information
Ancient Judaism and Early Christianity, 80

Description: Concepts of voluntary death and martyrdom versus the ideal of preserving human life are an essential component of the Ethics of the Abrahamite religions throughout their history. The studies collected in this volume focus on concepts of voluntary death and martyrdom in the Hebrew Bible, Second Temple Period Judaism, Early Christianity and its pagan environment, Rabbinic Judaism as well as in Islam. The contributions of scholars of different background present a broad panorama of the varied perspectives of the Abrahamite religions on this phenomenon. The established concepts of martyrdom are challenged as too schematic.

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, History, History of Judaism, Early Church Origins

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Review by Thomas J. Kraus
Published 4/1/2014
Citation: Thomas J. Kraus, review of Sebastian Fuhrmann and Regina Grundmann, eds., Martyriumsvorstellungen in Antike und Mittelalter: Leben oder sterben für Gott?, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2014).


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