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Martyrium
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In the early Christian period, a martyrion (Gk) or memoria (Lat.) was a place of “witness” and “commemoration” providing an opportunity for cultic veneration (cf. also Sacred sites: IV). The site might be associated with a biblical event or the life of Christ in the vicinity of the Holy Land. Examples include the site of the burning bush in the eastern portion of the chapel of St. Catherine's monastery at Mount Sinai (Sinai, St. Catherine's monastery); the tree in Mamre where God as a Trinity appeared to Abraham; Mount Nebo, from which Moses was allowed to see the Holy L…

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Koch, Guntram, “Martyrium”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 07 December 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_13670>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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