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Justin Martyr
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Justin (d. ca. 165) was a Christian teacher from Flavia Neapolis (modern Nablus) in the Roman province of Syria. He tells us that his people were the Samaritans (Dial. 120.6) and that his father was Priscus, his grandfather Bacchus (1 Apol. 1.1); these names and the fact that he was not circumcised (Dial. 28.2) suggest that he was quite assimilated to Greco-Roman customs. He traveled as a teacher and spent at least two periods of time in Rome, where he was martyred under the prefect Rusticus.

Some important writings by Justin have been preserved: Dialogue with Trypho, which presents…

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Slusser, Michael, “Justin Martyr”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 17 January 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_J295>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512

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