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Divine Deliverance: Pain and Painlessness in Early Christian Martyr Texts

L. Stephanie Cobb

Abstract

Does martyrdom hurt? For a wide variety of reasons, the answer to this question may seem to be an obvious “yes.” Divine Deliverance, however, demonstrates that early Christian martyr texts answer this question with an emphatic “No!” Indeed, ancient discussions of Christian martyrdom reveal an abiding interest in the insensitivity of the Christian body during torture and martyrdom. These claims to painlessness work to (re-)define Christianity in the ancient world: while Christians could not deny the reality that they were subject to state violence, they could argue that they were not ultimately ... More

Keywords: Pain, Painlessness, Anesthesia, Analgesia, Martyrdom, Persecution, Torture, Martyr Texts, Miracle

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780520293359
Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520293359.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

L. Stephanie Cobb, author
University of Richmond

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