The Story of 17 Centuries of Christian Martyrdom
From the Time of Christ to 1660 A. D.
A huge accomplishment: nothing like it has ever been in print before. This book is a record of the path of early Christian martyrs up to the mid-17th century. Entirely devoted to those Christians who paid the highest price – the sacrifice of their very lives – to stand for and preserve the truth of the gospel and faith in Christ. For this, they endured tortures, horrendous deaths, persecutions and cruel, extended sufferings with fortitude and trust in God.
These graphic stories (not for the faint of heart) tell of more than four thousand Christians who endured for their faith in Christ. Songs, letters, prayers and confessions appear with the descriptions of defenseless believers in Christ who loved their enemies and returned evil for good.
1,158 pages! This is a huge, encyclopedic folio: 8″ x 11″.
More than 50 fine detailed etchings
Includes more than 50 finely detailed etchings by noted Dutch artist Jan Luyken. Songs, letters, prayers, and confessions appear with the stories of many “defenseless Christians” who were able to love their enemies and return good for evil.
This gigantic book calls believers to follow Jesus in all areas of life, even unto death. Come what may, true Christian commitment demands supreme discipleship and steadfast adherence to the teachings modeled by Jesus and his apostles.
Written and published in 1659 by a Dutch Mennonite, Thieleman J. van Braght, to strengthen the faith of his fellow believers, and translated into German in 1748 at the time of the French and Indian War for the same reason. In 1886 Martyrs Mirror was translated into English to challenge generations of Christians in North America.
The Table of Contents is vast, covering many pages. Some key features include:
- Of the True Church of God, Its Origin, Progress, and Immovable Stability through all times
- Accounts of those who suffered in every century
- List of Popes of Emperors
- Index of Anabaptist Martyrs
- Illustrations from the stoning of Stephen (1st century) all the way to burnings at the stake during the Reformation