removed and he could drink)-Perpetua converted to Christianity as an adult and her younger brother was not when he died so he is still being punished -The unbaptised being punished Intercessory prayer- prayer that allows the living to pray for the dead and relieve their sufferingQ: how does this narrative speak to the uncertainties around death in the early church?Story about Perpetua and her dead brother A few days after, while we were all praying, suddenly in the midst of the prayer I uttered a word and named Dinocrates; and I was amazed because he had never come into my mind save then; and I sorrowed, remembering his fate. And straightway I knew that I was worthy, and that I ought to ask for him. And I began to pray for him long, and to groan unto the Lord. Immediately the same night, this was shown me. I beheld Dinocrates coming forth from a dark place, where were many others also; being both hot and thirsty, his raiment foul, his color pale; and the woundon his face which he had when he died. This Dinocrates had been my brother in the flesh, seven years old, who being diseased with ulcers of the face had come to a horrible death, so that his death was abominated of all men. For him therefore I had made my prayer; and between him andme was a great gulf, so that either might not go to the other. There was moreover, in the same place where Dinocrates was, a font full of water, having its edge higher than was the boy's stature; and Dinocrates stretched up as though to drink. I was sorry that the font had water in it, and yet for the height of the edge he might not drink. And I awoke, and I knew that my brother was in travail. Yet I was confident I should ease his travail; and I prayed for him every day till wepassed over into the camp prison. (For it was in the camp games that we were to fight; and the time was the feast of the Emperor Geta's birthday.) And I prayed for him day and night with groans and tears, that he might be given me. On the day when we abode in the stocks, this was shown me. I saw that place which I had before seen, and Dinocrates clean of body, finely clothed, m comfort; and the font I had seen before, the edge of it being drawn to the boy's navel; and he drew water thence which flowed without ceasing. And on the edge was a golden cup full of water; and Dinocrates came up and began to drink therefrom; which cup failed not. And being satisfied he departed away from the water and began to play as children will, joyfully. And I awoke. Then I understood that he was translated from his pains.
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Martyrdom in Early Christianity-Moral and legal conundrum Chrisanity composed- threat of capital punishment just for being Christian- they would threaten death if they didn’t denounce but they would rather die -They take an oath only to be good- those who denied being Christian were left alone-Emporer didn’t want Christians who had anonamos charges to be charged as to not set bad precedence-Legal precedence held christainity as a part of Judaism so it was considered protected by
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