Part II. Prisoners in the Early Church (ca. 30 - 300).
If one thing can be said to characterize the early church, it was the fervor of its converts. They spread the gospel throughout the known world within three centuries and transformed nations and an empire in the process. Their fervor sustained them through terrible persecutions.
In this part we look at several Christians who suffered under pagan persecution in the earliest years of the church. Faith and zeal such as theirs was contagious in their world. May it reach across the centuries to us, too.
Pothinus (d. 177) Expires Under the Rigors of Prison.
Blandina (d. 177) Inspires Fellow Sufferers with Her Courage.
Perpetua (d. ca. 202) Finds Prison a Stepping-Stone to Heaven.
Pamphilius of Caesarea (d. 309) Translates the Septuagint in Prison.
Simeon, Bishop of Seleucia (d. ca. 343) Restores a Lapsed Christian on his way to prison.