Paul the Martyr: The Cult of the Apostle in the Latin West

Paul the Martyr: The Cult of the Apostle in the Latin West

Paperback Writings from the Greco-Roman World Supplement

By (author) David L. Eastman

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  • Publisher: Society of Biblical Literature
  • Format: Paperback | 260 pages
  • Dimensions: 150mm x 226mm x 15mm | 318g
  • Publication date: 21 March 2011
  • Publication City/Country: Atlanta
  • ISBN 10: 1589835158
  • ISBN 13: 9781589835153
  • Edition statement: New.
  • Illustrations note: 1, black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 1,113,566

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Ancient iconography of Paul is dominated by one image: Paul as martyr. Whether he is carrying a sword--the traditional instrument of his execution--or receiving a martyr's crown from Christ, the apostle was remembered and honored for his faithfulness to the point of death. As a result, Christians created a cult of Paul, centered on particular holy sites and characterized by practices such as the telling of stories, pilgrimage, and the veneration of relics. This study integrates literary, archaeological, artistic, and liturgical evidence to describe the development of the Pauline cult within the cultural context of the late antique West.

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