By Philip Schaff
8 quantity sequence. therefore Tertullian tells of an organization of Christians in Ephesus, who begged martyrdom from the heathen governor, yet after a couple of were finished, the remaining have been despatched away by way of him with the phrases: "Miserable creatures, for those who fairly desire to die, you will have precipices and halters enough." even though this mistake was once some distance much less discreditable than the other severe of the cowardly worry of guy, but it used to be opposite to the guide and the instance of Christ and the apostles,6 three and to the spirit of actual martyrdom, which is composed within the union of honest humility and gear, and possesses divine energy within the very attention of human weak spot.
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London 1885, 2 vols. On the chronology: Adolph Harnack: Die Zeit des Ignatius. Leipzig, 1878 (90 pages); Comp. c. c. II. 1, 390 sqq. The Epistles of Ignatius will be discussed in chapter XIII. on ecclesiastical literature, §164 and 165. Trajan, one of the best and most praiseworthy emperors, honored as the "father of his country," but, like his friends, Tacitus and Pliny, wholly ignorant of the nature of Christianity, was the first to pronounce it in form a proscribed religion, as it had been all along in fact.
Julius Lloyd; The North African Church. London, 1880. Comes down to the Moslem Conquest. The inhabitants of the provinces of Northern Africa were of Semitic origin, with a language similar to the Hebrew, but became Latinized in customs, laws, and language under the Roman rule. The church in that region therefore belongs to Latin Christianity, and plays a leading part in its early history. The Phoenicians, a remnant of the Canaanites, were the English of ancient history. They carried on the commerce of the world; while the Israelites prepared the religion, and the Greeks the civilization of the world.
Baron. 1586), the Menolog. Graec. (ed. Urbini, 1727); De Rossi, Roller, and other works on the Roman Catacombs. II. Works. John Foxe (or Fox, d. 1587): Acts and Monuments of the Church (commonly called Book of Martyrs), first pub. at Strasburg 1554, and Basle 1559; first complete ed. fol. London 1563; 9th ed. fol. 1684, 3 vols. ; best ed. by G. Townsend, Lond. 1843, 8 vols. ; also many abridged editions. Foxe exhibits the entire history of Christian martyrdom, including the Protestant martyrs of the middle age and the sixteenth century, with polemical reference to the church of 24 Hist of Christ'n Church 2 Philip Schaff Rome as the successor of heathen Rome in the work of blood persecution.