Motherhood and Martyrdom: Family and Faith in the Early Church

Speaker(s): Lynn Cohick
Date: Summer 2018
Length: 1h 19m
Product ID: RGDL4802AK

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Although very few Christians died a martyr's death in the second and third centuries, the image of martyr became a key figure around which to explain the Christian worldview and its opposition to aspects of the Roman culture. It is possible that as many women were martyred as men; at the very least we could say that the torture and savagery was meted out in equal measure to men and women.

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What is perhaps less recognized is the place of motherhood alongside martyrdom in the stories of female martyrs. This juxtaposition of mother and life, martyr and death, makes for a compelling narrative, such as the one we find in the martyrdom account of Perpetua and Felicitas.

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Lynn H. Cohick is a professor of New Testament at Wheaton College. Dr. Cohick has written on early Jewish and Christian relations in her book, Melito of Sardis: Setting, Purpose, and Sources, on women in the ancient world, Women in the World of the Earliest Christians, and a commentary on Ephesians.

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