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Martyrs
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The Christian church has always had its martyrs, but the model comes from the early church. In the middle of the second century the Martyrdom of Polycarp provided the first example and the terminology. The martyr is a disciple and imitator of Christ (Discipleship 2) who, in a situation of persecution, holds fast the confession of Christ and thus comes under sentence of death. Death seals faith in Christ as the witness (Gk. root martyr-) of blood, that is, martyrdom. Only those who give up their lives can be called martyrs. Those who survive persecution and torture w…

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Albrecht, Ruth, “Martyrs”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 12 May 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_M149>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512



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