THE CULT OF THE MARTYRS IN EGYPT BEFORE CONSTANTINE: THE EVIDENCE OF THE COPTIC APOCALYPSE OF ELIJAH* BY DAVID FRANKFURTER The Christian cult of martyrs has customarily been derived from two sources: Greco-Roman mortuary practices and Jewish traditions of honoring martyrs and prophets. The history of the scholarship shows a tendency to stress alternatively one or the other of these sources.' Less often, and more recently, scholars have begun to excavate the martyr- cults' mentalite-their integration with society and culture, their expres- sions of "the holy," their crystallizations of history and legend in places and rites.2 These new questions are particularly important because of the phenomenon's novelty in the history of religions: the cult of the martyrs offers a striking example of an otherworldly sect gradually establishing its own physical world of sacred space. The martyr-cult vividly represents, in the categories of J.Z. Smith, the localization of a "utopian" kind of piety.3 3 The approach taken in this paper attemps to build upon these newer approaches to the cult of martyrs in that it derives one culture's martyr- cult (in this case, Egypt's) from the indigenous and indigenized tradi- tions of that region. The principal assumption of such
Vigiliae Christianae – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1994
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