Readership: Upper level undergraduates, graduate students, and academics who work on questions of Christian origins, martyrdom,
Jewish-Christian relations and religious violence, in religion departments at universities and colleges, as well as in theological schools, both Christian and Jewish; Christian ministers, interested in continuing education, and mainline/progressive Church groups also interested in continuing education; Jewish groups interested in questions of Jewish and Christian ethics, and the pervasive assumption of Christian ethical superiority based on the merciful teachings of Gospels and Acts; historians of early Christianity and Judaism in academic settings, as well as general readers interested in early Christian and Jewish history.
Shelly Matthews, Dorothy and B.H. Peace, Jr. Associate Professor of Religion, Furman University
Introduction: First Martyr
1.: Situating Acts
2.: Perfect Martyr: Situating Stephen within Acts
3.: Disrupting Acts: Reading Stephen alongside James, the Brother of Jesus
4.: "Father, Forgive Them:" The Place of the Perfect Prayer in the Construction of Christian Identity