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Middleton on Martyrdom in Mark and Revelation

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Jim:

Paul Middleton- Larry Hurtado is a fan.

Originally posted on Larry Hurtado's Blog:

Paul Middleton offers a tightly argued and stimulating essay on early Christians’ attitudes toward suffering (for their faith/Jesus) and martyrdom:  “Christology, Martyrdom, and Vindication in the Gospel of Mark and the Apocalypse:  Two New Testament Views,” in Mark, Manuscripts, and Monotheism:  Essays in Honor of Larry W. Hurtado, eds. Chris Keith & Dieter T. Roth (London:  Bloombury T&T Clark, 2015), 219-37.

Middleton (one of my former PhD students) is now the “go-to guy” on early Christian martyrdom, with a number of valuable and informed studies of the subject, including these:  Radical Martyrdom and Cosmic Conflict in Early Christianity (London:  T&T Clark, 2006); Martyrdom:  A Guide for the Perplexed (London:  T&T Clark, 2011); and “Early Christian Voluntary Martyrdom:  A Statement for the Defence,” Journal of Early Christian Studies 64 (2013): 556-73.

In the first part of the essay in question, Middleton reviews some major issues about early Christian martyrdom, taking…

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March 2, 2015 at 07:47

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Lent’s Halfway Over: An Observation

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Well the Lent-ians are halfway through their period of self denial (soon to return to full non-self denial) and it suddenly occurred to me that Lent is a sort of Christian version of the much vaunted ‘New Year’s Resolution’.  And it’s just as meaningful and its assertions and promises just as long-lasting.

[Sorry, Lent-ers.  Love the lot of ya but just don’t think Lent makes sense.  If an attitude of repentance isn’t permanent, then, really, what value is there in a brief period of a sort of repentance-lite?]

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March 2, 2015 at 07:30

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Oh Give it a Rest, Reading, You Haven’t Found the House Jesus Grew Up In

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Antonio Lombatti writes

Alcuni giornalisti hanno scelto questo titolo: Jesus’ House? 1st-Century Structure May Be Where He Grew Up. Dove è addirittura cresciuto! Un titolo che tira. Sicuramente. Ma che non ha nulla da spartire con la ricerca storica. Il giornalista, infatti, parla di un’abitazione del tempo di Gesù a Nazareth, è vero. La datazione della struttura, tuttavia, risale al 2006 ed è opera di Ken Dark dell’Università di Reading. Roba già nota, insomma. Ma con la Pasqua che si avvicina, basta fare un titolo così per avere qualche lettore in più.

So tiresome.

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March 1, 2015 at 21:53

‘Finding Jesus’ – I’m DVRing It

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March 1, 2015 at 21:39

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But What About Basic Human Decency?

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I don’t understand the processes which the far right uses to determine policy.  Have they no grasp of common human decency?  No matter what a person’s social location- when they are in need of aid they are in need of aid.  And none should be denied this basic human kindness.

Over the weekend, Republicans in the Michigan Statehouse passed a “license to discriminate” bill that would give just about anyone the right to refuse service to LGBT people if it conflicted with their religious beliefs.

The broadly written Religious Freedom Restoration Act would allow, for example, an EMT to refuse emergency treatment to a gay person or a pharmacist to refuse to refill HIV medication, because God decreed gays and lesbians should be put to death.

Common human decency, and Christian ethics require the refusal of this kind of behavior.

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March 1, 2015 at 21:13

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Jan Hus’s Final Thought…

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March 1, 2015 at 20:41

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Things Melanchthon Never Said…

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March 1, 2015 at 18:16

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