New Release: Early Christian Martyr Stories

Cover ArtPersonal narratives are powerful instruments for teaching, both for conveying information and for forming character. The martyrdom accounts preserved in the literature of early Christianity are especially intense and dramatic. However, these narratives are not readily available and are often written in intimidating prose, making them largely inaccessible for the average reader.

Early Christian Martyr Stories brings together key martyrdom narratives in a single volume, offering new, easy-to-read translations and expert commentary. An introduction and explanatory notes accompany each translation. The book not only provides a vivid window into the world of early Christianity but also offers spiritual encouragement and inspiration for Christian life today.


“Reflections on Christian martyrdom often either exaggerate or debunk. Bryan Litfin’s book on early Christian martyrs is different. It will satisfy not only academics looking for careful documentation but also readers in general, who should appreciate it for encouraging edification as well as solid scholarship.” – Mark Noll, University of Notre Dame

“This anthology of the most reliable early Christian martyr stories ought to be required reading for all disciples of Christ. It puts today’s Christian ‘witnesses’ in touch with our ancient spiritual role models, inspiring us to greater acts of faithfulness and courage.” – Douglas Sweeney, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

“Professor Litfin, author of an authoritative introduction to the theology of the early Christians, now provides us with a guide to some of their lives–and deaths. Their witness was inspired by their faith in Christ’s glorious resurrection and their hope for the coming fullness of his kingdom.” – Matthew Levering, Mundelein Seminary

“An essential collection of martyrdom accounts freshly translated into lively and lucid English….Sensitive to exaggerated claims among uninformed believers as well as cynical suspicion by modern skeptics, Litfin steers a balanced course. Neither naïve nor incredulous, Litfin’s new collection of the great martyr stories is a timely retelling of timeless tales with power to both inform the faithful and transform their faith.” – Michael Svigel, Dallas Theological Seminary


Bryan M. Litfin (PhD, University of Virginia) is professor of theology at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, Illinois. He is the author of several books, including Getting to Know the Church Fathers, and has written numerous scholarly articles and essays

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BA Books & Authors on the Web – September 26, 2014

Cover ArtAt First Things, Peter Leithart reviewed Andrew McGowan’s Ancient Christian Worship.

“Andrew McGowan’s Ancient Christian Worship is a very fine introduction to the subject. Though it is up-to-date academically, and, as McGowan says, includes the results of some of his own research, it is accessibly written, clearly organized, and highly informative.”

Dan Miller, at the Calvin history department’s Historical Horizons blog, reviewed The Good of Politics, by James Skillen.

At Crux Sola, Nijay Gupta shared part one of his review of James Thompson’s The Church according to Paul.

G. Wright Doyle, at the Global China Center, reviewed Understanding Christian Mission, by Scott Sunquist.

Abram K-J, at Words on the Word, recommended Andrew Root’s Bonhoeffer as Youth Worker.

Michael Hansen reflected on James K.A. Smith’s Desiring the Kingdom.

Larry Hurtado discussed major commentaries on Acts, including the third volume of Craig Keener’s Acts: An Exegetical Commentary.

At Euangelion, Joel Willitts recommended Galatians and Christian Theology, edited by Mark Elliott, Scott Hafemann, N. T. Wright, and John Frederick.

New Release: Acts: An Exegetical Commentary, Volume 3

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The following is an excerpt from Bruce McCormack's essay "Can We Still Speak of 'Justification by Faith'?" in Galatians and Christian Theology. ——– "How is Christ "made sin" for us? John Calvin answered, "Through the mechanism of imputation." The … [Continue reading]

New Release: Galatians and Christian Theology

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BA Books & Authors on the Web – September 19, 2014

At The Englewood Review of Books, Jeanne Lehninger reviewed Roger Lundin’s Beginning with the Word. "Lundin is a wonderful teacher who explicates clearly why contemporary thought regarding language and literature is what it is and what the … [Continue reading]

Eucharist and Sacrifice – an Excerpt from Ancient Christian Worship

The following is an excerpt from Ancient Christian Worship, by Andrew McGowan. ——– The Eucharist was proudly depicted by its Christian participants as a peaceable act, morally and religiously superior to the violent rituals of their pagan … [Continue reading]

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Ancient Christian Worship introduces the origins of Christian worship and illuminates the importance of ancient worship practices for contemporary Christianity. Andrew McGowan, a leading scholar of early Christian liturgy, takes a fresh approach to … [Continue reading]

BA Books & Authors on the Web – September 12, 2014

Faith & Leadership featured Take it from Bonhoeffer -- there is no 'Christian youth', from Andrew Root’s forthcoming Bonhoeffer as Youth Worker. "To label the young ‘Christian youth,’ Bonhoeffer believes, is to make faith bound not in their … [Continue reading]

eSources LMS Cartridges Available

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