The New Encyclopedia of Christian Martyrs

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9780801012259: The New Encyclopedia of Christian Martyrs

Arranged chronologically into sections on Bible times, Roman Empire, 5th to 15th centuries, Reformation Era, and 17th to 21st centuries, this volume uses extensive excerpts from the Bible and other texts relating the deaths of Christian martyrs, such as John Foxe's Book of Martyrs . Included in the compilation are excerpts from the diaries of martyrs and explanations of Christian teachings on martyrdom. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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The word martyr comes from the Greek word for witness. During the history of the Christian church, martyr came to mean "blood-witness." Persecution of Christians is more widespread in this century than it was in the time of the Roman Empire, and the church cannot ignore the problem. More than an estimated 160,000 believers were martyred in 1996 alone.

In The New Encyclopedia of Christian Martyrs, readers find accounts-sometimes horrific, always disturbing, often inspiring-of many who died for their faith. Stories are arranged in chronological sections: Bible times, the Roman Empire, the fifth through the fifteenth centuries, the Reformation era, and the seventeenth through the twenty-first centuries.

From Stephen, who was stoned in first-century Jerusalem, to Graham Staines and his sons, who were burned to death by Hindu extremists in 1999, martyrs for the cause of Christ are heroes of the church. Hebrews 12:1 includes martyrs in the "great cloud of witnesses" and encourages Christians to "run with perseverance the race marked out for us." Mark Water, who compiled these stories, hopes readers will be prodded to deeper devotion and stronger faith.

From the Back Cover:

Persecution and martyrdom of Christians dates back as far as the stoning of Stephen in the Book of Acts, and continues today. Researchers estimate nearly two thirds of Christian martyrs died in the twentieth century! This companion volume to The New Encyclopedia of Christian Quotations offers a comprehensive history of Christian martyrs from New Testament through modern times.

Stories are gleaned from a variety of sources and are arranged chronologically. Historical features are interspersed throughout, describing related subjects such as tortures of first-century Christians, and providing added insight into the reasons for persecution. Other special features include Christian teaching and statements on martyrdom and persecution, as well as prayers, diaries, and famous quotations of martyrs.

Pastors, teachers, and others interested in the history of the persecuted church will find this book a valuable source of historical information. More importantly, readers will be encouraged to hold fast to the convictions that inspired unwavering strength, even in the face of death.

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