Three Christian Martyrdoms from Early Islamic Palestine

Passion Of Peter Of Capitolias, Passion Of The Twenty Martyrs Of Mar Saba, Passion Of Romanos The Neo-martyr

Stephen J. Shoemaker

A distinctive feature of Christian culture in early Islamic Syria and Palestine was a renewed interest in literature on martyrs, which represented a potential reaction among some Christian communities to the rise of Islam in the region. The adaption of this early Christian genre to the new circumstances of political domination during the early Middle Ages offers a revealing, yet until now largely unexplored, window onto how Christians responded culturally to Islamic imperialism. This bilingual edition of three martyrdoms provides a new opportunity to understand this historical phenomenon.

These writings, composed at the Mar Saba monastery in the Judean Desert and attributed to famous members of that community, share a common high literary style, although each portrays Christian martyrdom at the hands of the Muslims very differently. This parallel-text edition offers the only English translations available of these important works, making it an invaluable resource for both students and scholars of religious history.

Three Christian Martyrdoms is part of the Maxwell Institute’s Early Christian Texts series.

About the Editor

Stephen J. Shoemaker

Stephen J. Shoemaker is professor of the history of Christianity at the University of Oregon.

About the Author

Stephen J. Shoemaker

Stephen J. Shoemaker is professor of the history of Christianity at the University of Oregon.

Table of Contents

  • Acknowledgements
  • Introduction
  • Abbreviations and Conventions
  • Passion of Peter of Capitolias (d. 715)
  • Passion of the Twenty Martyrs of Mar Saba (d. 797)
  • Passion of Romanos the Neomartyr (d. 780)
  • Bibliography
  • Index of Scripture Citations
  • Index
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Publication Information

  • Publication Month: February
  • Publication Year: 2017
  • Language: English,
  • ISBN 10: 0842529888
  • ISBN 13: 9780842529884
  • Page Count: 300
  • Price: $ 49.95
  • Sub Site: Middle Eastern Texts Initiative
  • Imprint: Brigham Young University Press

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