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The History of the ‘Slave of Christ’ (Paperback)

From Jewish Child to Christian Martyr

P&S History > Theology & Religion

Imprint: Gorgias Press
Series: Persian Martyr Acts in Syriac: Text and Translation
Pages: 269
ISBN: 9781463205737
Published: 26th January 2017
Casemate UK Academic

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The first critical editions and English translations of the two Syriac recensions of a fascinating text which narrates the story of a young Jewish child, Asher. After converting to Christianity and taking the name ʿAḇdā da-Mšiḥā (‘slave of Christ’), he is martyred by his father. In a detailed introduction, Butts and Gross challenge the use of this text by previous scholars as evidence for historical interactions between Jews and Christians, reevaluating its purpose and situating the story in its Late Antique Babylonian context.

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