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    Bearing Witness

    Stories of Martyrdom and Costly Discipleship

    Foreword by John D. Roth and Elizabeth Miller

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    Stories of Christian martyrs from around the world and through the ages to inspire and challenge the next generation of believers.

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    About The Book

    What does it cost to follow Jesus? For these men and women, the answer was clear. They were ready to give witness to Christ in the face of intense persecution, even if it cost them their lives. From the stoning of Stephen to Nigerian Christians persecuted by Boko Haram today, these stories from around the world and through the ages will inspire greater faithfulness to the way of Jesus, reminding us what costly discipleship looks like in any age.

    Since the birth of Christianity, the church has commemorated those who suffered for their faith in Christ. In the Anabaptist tradition especially, stories of the boldness and steadfastness of early Christian and Reformation-era martyrs have been handed down from one generation to the next through books such as Thieleman van Braght’s Martyrs Mirror (1660). Yet the stories of more recent Christian witnesses are often unknown.

    This book is part of the Bearing Witness Stories Project, a collaborative story-gathering project involving Anabaptist believers from many different traditions and locations.

    About the authors: Charles E. Moore has compiled and edited several acclaimed books, including Provocations: Spiritual Writings of Kierkegaard, and Everyone Belongs to God: Discovering the Hidden Christ. Timothy Keiderling is a researcher for the Bearing Witness Stories Project.

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    Part I: Early Christians

    • Stephen
      Jerusalem (Israel)
    • Polycarp
      Smyrna (Turkey)
    • Justin Martyr
      Rome (Italy)
    • Agathonica, Papylus, and Carpus
      Pergamum (Turkey)
    • Perpetua
      Carthage (Tunisia)
    • Tharacus, Probus, and Andronicus
      Cilicia (Turkey)
    • Marcellus
      Tangiers (Morocco)

    Part II: Radical Reformers

    • Jan Hus
      Constance (Germany)
    • Michael and Margaretha Sattler
      Rottenburg (Germany)
    • Weynken Claes
      The Hague (Netherlands)
    • William Tyndale
      Vilvoorde (Belgium)
    • Jakob and Katharina Hutter
      Innsbruck (Austria)
    • Anna Janz
      Rotterdam (Netherlands)
    • Dirk Willems
      Asperen (Netherlands)

    Part III: Early Modern Witnesses

    • Veronika Löhans
      St. Thomas (Virgin Islands)
    • Jacob Hochstetler
      Pennsylvania (United States)
    • Gnadenhütten
      Ohio (United States)
    • Joseph and Michael Hofer
      United States
    • Emanuel Swartzendruber
      United States
    • Regina Rosenberg
    • Eberhard and Emmy Arnold
    • Johann Kornelius Martens
      USSR (Ukraine)
    • Ahn Ei Sook
    • Jakob Rempel
      USSR (Russia)

    Part IV: Recent Witnesses

    • Clarence Jordan
      United States
    • Richard and Sabina
    • Tulio Pedraza
    • Stanimir Katanic
      Yugoslavia (Croatia)
    • Samuel Kakesa
    • Kasai Kapata
    • Meserete Kristos Church
    • Sarah Corson
    • Alexander Men
      USSR (Russia)
    • José Chuquín and Norman Tattersall
    • Katherine Wu
    • Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria