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Christian Martyrdom And The "Dialect Of The Holy Scriptures": The Literal, The Allegorical, The Martyrological

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The purpose of this chapter is to challenge the widespread assumption about biblical literalism as the cause of sanctified violence. It focuses on the discourse of early Christian martyrdom in the late second and mid-third centuries; a discourse that from the receiving end sanctifies violence perpetrated against early Christians for refusal to carry out cultic acts of piety toward the gods upholding the imperium Romanum. Like other recent works, such as the excellent study by Elizabeth Castelli, the author regards early Christian martyrdom as a cultural construction, a way of making sense of life experiences with reference to a force-field of carefully fashioned meaning. Crucial to his understanding of this cultural creation is the role of the Scriptures. The chapter explores the specific question of how the rhetorics of literal and allegorical interpretations of Scripture function in the constructed discourse of early Christian martyrdom.

Keywords: biblical literalism; early Christian martyrdom; holy scriptures; imperium Romanum



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