SUBTITLE: Female martyrs in the early centuries
SUMMARY: Very seldom in the history of Christianity, books were written about martyrdom and female martyrs in the early centuries. Female martyrs are often not known and their role of defending their faith is not recorded. The title of this book Blood brides of Christ: Female martyrs in the early centuries makes the focus and emphasis of this book obvious – it is about female martyrs.
Jaap Durand is well known for his scholarly work on issues of justice and reconciliation in the South African context and internationally. This book takes both these issues very seriously. It pleads with readers to do justice to the significant role played by female martyrs in the early centuries by making a point that this history continues to be recorded and recognised in today’s theological engagements on the one hand. But also that we strive for a reconciled society where women’s roles in church and society are recognised and respected, not only on human dignity issues, but also in African women’s theology engagements.
Preface by Dr Sipho Mahokoto, Lecturer at Stellenbosch University, Faculty of Theology within Ecclesiology and Systematic Theology Department, teaching Public Theology and Ethics; also ordained minister of the Uniting Reformed Church in Southern Africa
- Martyrdom and discipleship
- Martyrdom as witness
- Jesus, a martyr?
- The Christian church: three centuries of suffering
- Female martyrs of the early centuries AD
– Addendum: Thecla
- Martyrdom and the future
Also available in Afrikaans as Bloedbruide van Christus.
AUTHOR: Jaap Durand has received many honours for his intellectual work and books. His background in theology and philosophy, together with his deep compassion for people and their questions about faith, equipped him to write this book with so much empathy and insight. Verena Schoeman joined him to add the touch and insight of a woman to the stories of women of faith who became faithful followers of Christ.