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Three Persian Martyr Acts

The Acts of Miles, Bishop of Susa, the Priest Abursam, and Deacon Sinai, The Martyrdom of Zebina and his Companions, and The Martyrdom of the Forty Martyrs of Beth Kashkraye


This volume brings together the texts and translations for three Syriac martyr acts, set in Sasanian Persia during the reign of Shapur II (309-379 CE). These texts offer compelling witness to the challenges of a community’s need to honor memory and experience, and evidence towards the formation and sustenance of Christian identity in the midst of Persian society and culture.
Publisher: Gorgias Press LLC
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SKU (ISBN): 978-1-4632-4561-0
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Publication Date: Nov 16,2023
Interior Color: Black
Trim Size: 6 x 9
Page Count: 152
Languages: English
ISBN: 978-1-4632-4561-0
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This volume brings together the texts and translations for three Syriac martyr acts, set in Sasanian Persia during the reign of Shapur II (309-379 CE)Miles, bishop of Susa, was a fiery church leader and wandering holy man prior to his arrest and martyrdom in the company of the priest Abursam and deacon Sinai. The story of Zebina and his companions includes the extended interrogation and torture of two monks, Yawnan and Brikishoʿ, who had set out to serve the others in prison. The Forty Martyrs recounts the tragically protracted story of two bishops, nine priests, sixteen deacons, six Sons of the Covenant, and seven Daughters of the Covenant, all of whom suffered unjustly at the hands of corrupt officials.

These texts offer compelling witness to the challenges of a community’s need to honor memory and experience. They provide evidence towards the formation and sustenance of Christian identity in the midst of Persian society and culture. Above all, each draws upon scriptural and monastic traditions to weave distinctive portraits of notable literary quality.

This volume brings together the texts and translations for three Syriac martyr acts, set in Sasanian Persia during the reign of Shapur II (309-379 CE)Miles, bishop of Susa, was a fiery church leader and wandering holy man prior to his arrest and martyrdom in the company of the priest Abursam and deacon Sinai. The story of Zebina and his companions includes the extended interrogation and torture of two monks, Yawnan and Brikishoʿ, who had set out to serve the others in prison. The Forty Martyrs recounts the tragically protracted story of two bishops, nine priests, sixteen deacons, six Sons of the Covenant, and seven Daughters of the Covenant, all of whom suffered unjustly at the hands of corrupt officials.

These texts offer compelling witness to the challenges of a community’s need to honor memory and experience. They provide evidence towards the formation and sustenance of Christian identity in the midst of Persian society and culture. Above all, each draws upon scriptural and monastic traditions to weave distinctive portraits of notable literary quality.

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ContributorBiography

SusanHarvey

Susan Ashbrook Harvey is the Willard Prescott and Annie McClelland Smith Professor of Religious Studies at Brown University. She has published extensively on Syriac and Byzantine Christianity, and has a particular interest in women and their representation in ancient Christianity.

Professor ReyhanDurmaz

Reyhan Durmaz is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Pennsylvania.

MichaelPayne

Michael L. Payne is a postdoctoral researcher at the Institut français du Proche-Orient in Beirut.

Prof. DanielPicus

Daniel Picus is Assistant Professor in Global Humanities and Religions at Western Washington University.

NoahTetenbaum

Noah Tetenbaum is completing his Ph.D. in the department of Religious Studies at Brown University.

Table of Contents (v)
List of Abbreviations (vii)
Introduction (1)
Acknowledgements (19)

The Acts of Miles, Bishop of Susa, the Priest Abursam, and Deacon Sinai (21)
   Outline and Synopsis (21)
   Text and Translation (24)

The Martyrdom of Zebina and his Companions (59)
   Outline and Summary (59)
   Text and Translation (60)

The Forty Martyrs of Beth Kashkraye (83)
   Outline and Summary (83)
   Text and Translation (86)

Bibliography (131)
Indices (139)
   Index of Proper Names (139)
   Index of Places (142)
   Index of Scripture Citations (142)

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