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Early Christian Martyr Stories: An Evangelical Introduction with New Translations
Litfin, Bryan M.

Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2014 pp. vii + 180. $19.99


Description: Personal narratives are powerful instruments for teaching, both for conveying information and for forming character. The martyrdom accounts preserved in the literature of early Christianity are especially intense and dramatic. However, these narratives are not readily available and are often written in intimidating prose, making them largely inaccessible for the average reader. This introductory text brings together key early Christian martyrdom stories in a single volume, offering new, easy-to-read translations and expert commentary. An introduction and explanatory notes accompany each translation. The book not only provides a vivid window into the world of early Christianity but also offers spiritual encouragement and inspiration for Christian life today.

Subjects: Bible, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, History

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Review by Jan Willem van Henten
Published 9/1/2017
Citation: Jan Willem van Henten, review of Bryan M. Litfin, Early Christian Martyr Stories: An Evangelical Introduction with New Translations, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2017).


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