The Early Christian Persecutions and Martyrdoms (64 AD - 323 AD)
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Bernard, Leslie William. Justin Martyr: His Life and Thought. London: Cambridge University Press, 1967. 193p.
BR65 .J86 B3

Bruce, F. F. The Spreading Flame: The Rise and Progress of Christianity. Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans, 1958. Chapter 17, "The Fiery Trial," pp.176-187.
BR165 .B715 1954

Cairns, Earle E. Christianity Through the Centuries: A History of the Christian Church. Revised and Enlarged Edition. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 1981. Chapter 7, "Christ or Caesar," pp.87-95.
BR145.2 .C28 1981

Fox, Robin Lane. Pagans and Christians. San Francisco : Harper & Row, 1988. Chapter 9, "Persecution and Martyrdom," pp.419-492; Chapter 11, "Sinners and Saints," pp.549-608.
BR128 .R7 L36 1988

Frend, W. H. C. Martyrdom and Persecution in the Early Church: A Study of a Conflict From the Maccabees to Donatus. New York: New York University Press, 1967. 577p.
BR1604.2 .F7 1967

Gonzalez, Justo L. The Story of Christianity, Volume 1. San Francisco: HarperSanFrancisco, 1984. Chapter 5, "First Conflicts With the State," pp.31-38; Chapter 6, "Persecution in the Second Century," pp.39-48; Chapter 10, "Persecution in the Third Century," pp.82-90; Chapter 12, "The Great Persecution and the Final Victory," pp.102-108.
BR142 .G66 1984 v.1

Grant, Robert M. The Sword and the Cross. New York: Macmillan, 1955. 144p.
BL805 .G7

Schoedel, William R. "Polycarp, Martyrdom of." In The Anchor Bible Dictionary, Volume 5. Edited by David Noel Freedman. New York: Doubleday, 1992. Pp.390-392.
Ref. BS440 .A54 1992 v.5

Workman, Herbert Brook. Persecution in the Early Church: A Chapter in the History of Renunciation. Second Edition. Cincinnati: Jennings and Graham, 1906. 382 p.
BR1604 .W8


Bacchiocchi, Samuele R. "Rome: An Early Persecutor of the Church?" Ministry 55 (December 1982): 18-21.

Bixler, William G. "How the Early Church Viewed Martyrs." Christian History 9 (No.3,1990): 28-30. Illus.

"The 'Christian History' Timeline: Persecution in the Early Church." Christian History 9 (No.3,1990): 26-27. Illus.

Cowart, John W. "The Day They Killed Polycarp." Liberty 78 (May/June 1983): 7-9. Reprinted from "HIS Magazine."

Eastwood, Bruce S. "Causes of the Early Persecutions." History Today 16 (August 1966): 555-563.

Ferguson, Everett. "Did You Know?" Chrisian History 9 (No.3,1990): inside front cover. Concerning persecutions of early Christians.

"The Forty Martyrs of Sebaste." Liberty 66 (January-February 1971): 2-5.

French, T. M. "Pagan Persecutions of the Early Christians: The Church of Smyrna." Review and Herald 112 (March 28,1935): 4-5. Rev 2:8-11 from the historicist position.

Frend, William H. C. "Persecution in the Early Church." Christian History 9 (No.3,1990): 5-11. Illus.

Galli, Mark. "The Gallery: The Persecuting Emperors." Christian History 9 (No.3,1990): 20-22. Illus.

Gooch, John O. "Cowards Among the Christians." Christian History 9 (No.3,1990): 34-36. Illus. "Under severe persecution, thousands of Christians compromised their faith."

Gooch, John O. "The Gallery: Martyrs and Confessors." Christian History 9 (No.3,1990): 31-33. Illus.

Haas, Christopher J. "Imperial Religious Policy and Valerian's Persecution of the Church, A.D. 257-260." Church History 52 (June 1983): 133-144.

Knudsen, Johannes. "The Lady and the Emperor: A Study of the Domitian Persecution." Church History 14 (March 1945): 17-32.

Lefkowitz, Mary R. "The Motivations for St. Perpetua's Martyrdom." Journal of the American Academy of Religion 44 (September 1976): 417-421. (On microfiche).

Maxwell, C. Mervyn. "The Story of Catholicism -2 : The Early Church Faces Persecution." Review and Herald 145 (April 11,1968): 2-4.

Osborn, George T. "Why Did Decius and Valerian Proscribe Christianity?" Church History 2 (June 1933): 67-77.

"Perpetua and Polycarp: Two Heroic Martyrs." Christian History 9 (No.3,1990): 12-15. Illus.

Scott, E. F. "The Opposition to Caesar Worship." Church History 2 (June 1933): 91-94.

Wright, David F. "The 'Edict of Millan'." Christian History 9 (No.4,1990): 9-10. "The 100 Most Important Events in Church History," AD313.

Yost, Frank H. "The Early Christian Church -3 : Persecutions of the First-Century Church." Review and Herald 135 (February 27,1958): 5-6.