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Justin Martyr
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Our knowledge of Justin’s life (c. 100–165 CE) relies mainly on his surviving writings and the account of his and his companions’ martyrdom (Martyrium Sancti Iustini et Sociorum) that has been transmitted in three versions, all of which show traces of revision, but have, most probably, an authentic core. In order to take the martyrdom’s account as a source for Justin’s life, one has to identify the author to whom Justin’s writings are attributed with the teache…

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Georges, Tobias, “Justin Martyr”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 02 December 2022 <>
First published online: 2018

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