Graduate Papers/Theses

Date of Award


Document Type

Graduate Paper

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Theology


School of Theology and Seminary

First Advisor

Charles Bobertz


The martyrdom of Perpetua and her companions in Carthage around 203 CE has been the frequent subject of much study, but one fascinating aspect of this text is often overlooked: the way the narrative works to draw parallels between the suffering of Perpetua and the life of Christ. By using language and imagery that echoes the stories about Jesus, the author reinforces the message that the martyrs lived and died as witnesses to, and sufferers with, Christ.


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