Martyrdom and the Making of Christianity and Judaism

  title={Martyrdom and the Making of Christianity and Judaism},
  author={Daniel Boyarin},
  journal={Journal of Early Christian Studies},
  pages={577 - 627}
  • D. Boyarin
  • Published 1 December 1998
  • History
  • Journal of Early Christian Studies
Current historical positions on the origins and history of Christian martyrology generally take one of two positions. W. H. C. Frend, in his classic Martyrdom and Persecution in the Early Church, argues essentially that Christian martyrology is a "prolongation and supersession" of Jewish martyrology. In diametrical opposition, G. Bowersock, in his recent Martyrdom and Rome, argues that Christian martyrdom has nothing to do with Judaism or with the Palestinian cultural context of early… 
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