Daniel Joslyn-Siemiatkoski

Daniel Joslyn-Siemiatkoski Christian Memories of the Maccabean Martyrs. New York, ny : Palgrave Macmillan, 2009. xii + 249 pp. ISBN: 978-0230602793. In Christian Memories of the Maccabean Martyrs , Daniel Joslyn-Siemiatkoski examines how late-antique and medieval Christian writers from the eastern Mediterranean, North Africa, and northwestern Europe employed the martyrological stories of Eleazar and the mother of the seven sons from Second and Fourth Maccabees to address the theological, social, and political challenges of their time. Since Joslyn-Siemiatkoski assumes that imperial and colonial forces shaped these challenges, he incorporates postcolonial theories as a “heuristic point of departure” (6). According to Joslyn-Siemiatkoski, the two martyrological stories represent resistance against the colonizing efforts of the Seleucid Empire in 2 Maccabees 7 (17), and resistance to Hellenistic assimilation and cultural imperialism in 4 Maccabees (21). Early Christian writers utilized these stories to show separation between a superior Christianity and an inferior Judaism. At the same time, these writers transformed the Maccabean martyrs into symbols of resistance in times of persecutions. Origen of Alexandria ( An Exhortation on Martyrdom ) and Cyprian of Carthage ( Letter to Fortunatus ) appropriated the Maccabean story to encourage Christians to resist imperial persecutions in the third century. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Medieval Encounters Brill

Daniel Joslyn-Siemiatkoski

Medieval Encounters, Volume 20 (1): 109 – Feb 17, 2014

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Christian Memories of the Maccabean Martyrs. New York, ny : Palgrave Macmillan, 2009. xii + 249 pp. ISBN: 978-0230602793. In Christian Memories of the Maccabean Martyrs , Daniel Joslyn-Siemiatkoski examines how late-antique and medieval Christian writers from the eastern Mediterranean, North Africa, and northwestern Europe employed the martyrological stories of Eleazar and the mother of the seven sons from Second and Fourth Maccabees to address the theological, social, and political challenges of their time. Since Joslyn-Siemiatkoski assumes that imperial and colonial forces shaped these challenges, he incorporates postcolonial theories as a “heuristic point of departure” (6). According to Joslyn-Siemiatkoski, the two martyrological stories represent resistance against the colonizing efforts of the Seleucid Empire in 2 Maccabees 7 (17), and resistance to Hellenistic assimilation and cultural imperialism in 4 Maccabees (21). Early Christian writers utilized these stories to show separation between a superior Christianity and an inferior Judaism. At the same time, these writers transformed the Maccabean martyrs into symbols of resistance in times of persecutions. Origen of Alexandria ( An Exhortation on Martyrdom ) and Cyprian of Carthage ( Letter to Fortunatus ) appropriated the Maccabean story to encourage Christians to resist imperial persecutions in the third century.

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