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Judas, of course, hung himself after betraying Jesus James is the only other Apostle whose death is recorded in Scripture, in Acts 12:1-2 It was about this time that King Herod arrested some who belonged to the church, intending to persecute them. 2 He had James, the brother of John, put to death with the sword. The rest of the Apostles deaths are ...


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St. Thomas Beckett - 1170 - assassinated at a church for annoying the king who made him Archbishop. St. Bernard and companions - 1226 - killed by the Moors Bl. Charles the Good - 1127 - killed at church after stopping black marketers St. Stanislaus - 1079 - killed after excommunicating a wicked king. St. Elphege - 1012 - killed by Danish invaders for ...


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Christians had a revulsion against the exploitation of the games, as evidenced by the story of Telemachus, an Egyptian monk who, in 403 AD threw himself into the arena to stop the gladitorial games. Telemachus died in the melee already on the field, but Emperor Honartius was so inspired by the sacrifice that he put an end to the games on January 1, 404. ...


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While a complete answer on this subject would take volumes, there are many Christians who were martyred, not for simply being of the wrong religion, but for actions they felt compelled to take because they were Christians. In the Roman era, Christians weren't persecuted because they had a different religion. There were lots of different religions in ancient ...


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I think I can begin to offer an answer to this, though it's still bit's and pieces. Basically, my guess is sometime in the 4thC, (as far as it is possible to tell, given the fragmentary nature of the sources) though it is clear that some number or other seems to be assigned to the death toll relatively early on. My reason for thinking this: R. Brown's The ...



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