n International Journal for Religious Freedom - Persecution, persuasion and power : Readiness to withstand hardship as a corroboration of legitimacy in the New Testament, James A. Kelhoffer : book review

Volume 4, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 2070-5484



This monograph addresses one aspect of New Testament constructions of legitimacy. It examines the significance and value of Christians' withstanding suffering and persecution as a means of corroborating and affirming their identity and status. It does not address historical constructions of early Christian persecution, but rather offers "... an examination of how the NT's assorted claims about persecution function in the formation of religious identity - confirming believers' standing in Christ because they withstood persecution in the past, or if they will remain faithful amidst present or anticipated oppression" (vii).

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