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Martyrdom

A Guide for the Perplexed

Martyrdom

A Guide for the Perplexed

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Publisher: Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd.
ISBN: 9780567032188
Number of Pages: 210
Published: 02/06/2011
It can be said, almost without exaggeration, that martyrdom has become one of the most pressing theological issues facing the contemporary world. Since the attack on the WorldTradeCenter in 2001, the world has had to face up to an Islamic manifestation of martyrdom. Martyrdom has a long history; as long as individuals have been dying for their faith or cause, others have been telling and more importantly, interpreting their stories.

These martyrologies are essentially conflict stories. Whether a Christian confessing her faith before a bemused Roman governor, or a suicide bomber blowing himself up in a crowed café in Jerusalem, the way these stories are recounted–positively or negatively–reflect a wider conflict in which the narrator and his community find themselves. Martyr narratives, whether textual, oral, or even a CNN news report, do more than simply report a death; they also contain the interpretative framework by which that death is understood–again positively or negatively.

Paul Middleton

Dr. Paul Middleton is Lecturer in New Testament Studies at the University of Wales, Lampeter.

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