Tuesday, March 14, 2006

40 Days of Lent - Day Fourteen

Fun Facts About Martyrs



The word "martyr" comes from the Greek word for "witness."

The first Christian martyr was St. Stephen. He was stoned to death. He was also the only martyr the Grateful Dead wrote a song about.

The first Islamic martyr was Sumayyah bint Khabbab. She was the seventh person to convert to Islam and died when she was speared in the groin by Amr ibn Hishām, a Meccan leader who sought to repress the new religion.

The term "matryr" does not appear in the Koran, but some passages have been interpreted by later muslims as being about martyrdom.

In Judaism, the concept of martyrdom is referred to as Kiddush Hashem: "sanctification of God's name." This means not doing anything that might bring disgrace to God, including renouncing his word for convenience sake or to save your life.

My favorite title for book about martyrs: The Bloody Theater or Martyrs Mirror of the Defenseless Christians who baptized only upon confession of faith, and who suffered and died for the testimony of Jesus, their Saviour, from the time of Christ to the year A.D. 1660

Book about martyrs that sounds like it was written by Beatrix Potter: Foxe's Book of Martyrs

Relics of martyrs I got close to in Italy, but didn't actually see: pieces of St. Peter and St. Mark.

4 comments:

k.c. said...

busy and scattered-- the only words i'm registering now are the ones i'm editing-- but man, that graphic is beautiful. i really, really like it.

Carol said...

How about http://www.catholic-forum.com/SAINTS/patron00.htm?
You can look up the patron saints (many of whom are martyrs) for, say, twitching (Bartholomew the Apostle), for those who lose their keys (Zita), or stamp collectors (Gabriel). Loads of fun for the whole family!

the hanged man said...

Kate -

You're right, that image is beautiful. I wish I could credit for it, but it comes from the 1563 edition of Foxe's Book Of Martyrs. When you're a little less busy, you might want to check out some of the other images at:
http://dlib.lib.ohio-state.edu/foxe/getimages.php?Edition=1563&Image_Type=Woodcut

Carol - I know you're always intrigued by any significance in the word verification code. Well, the verification for this message is "mtafwq," which makes me think of an Oedipal curse I can't say out loud because I gave up cursing for Lent.

Yes, Bill, that's "cursing," not "cruising."

k.c. said...

umm, i didn't think you did it, johnny. though you are very special and talented in many ways. mostly i figured that image was a little older than you are.