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Martyrs, Cult of
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The veneration (Lat. cultus) of martyrs was a prominent feature of early Christian piety. Those who had borne witness (Gk martureō) to their faith at the cost of their lives had imitated Christ in his death. While the average Christian’s soul, it was commonly believed, had to await passage…

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Eastman, David L., “Martyrs, Cult of”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 17 September 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2589-7993_EECO_SIM_036429>
First published online: 2019



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