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Divine DeliverancePain and Painlessness in Early Christian Martyr Texts$
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L. Stephanie Cobb

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780520293359

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520293359.001.0001

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Bodies in Pain

Bodies in Pain

Ancient and Modern Horizons of Expectation

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Divine Deliverance

L. Stephanie Cobb

University of California Press

Chapter One examines the cultural and social experiences of modern audiences that inevitably shape their understandings of martyr texts. These modern experiences must be recognized as foreign to the ancient world. Even when categories or experiences are shared, the meaning attached to them may differ; this is, I suggest, the case for the categories “pain” and “suffering.” Thus, we must not only understand the different ways modern and ancient audiences receive the texts and the different cultural information available to each group, but also recognize that the two audiences had different understandings of the experience and significance of pain and suffering.

Keywords:   Suffering self, Pain, Suffering, Miracle, History, Endure, Imitatio Christi

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