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Foxe's Book of Martyrs (Hendrickson Christian Classics) [Hardcover]

John Foxe
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18 Nov 2005 Hendrickson Christian Classics
"I picked up this book soon after making a commitment to Christ. At first I was shocked by the images of Christians suffering and dying for their faith. But soon I was drawn into the accounts of how these ordinary men and women--no different from you or me--could face every kind of opposition rather than deny their Lord. Reading their stories marked me and helped me resolve to follow Christ no matter what the cost."--Mark Mittelberg, Executive Director of Evangelism for the Willow Creek Association and author of Becoming a Contagious Church From the first-century stoning of Stephen through his own perilous time--Reformation-era England--John Foxe recounts the lives, sufferings, and triumphant deaths of dozens of Christian martyrs. [Some were people of rank and influence. Some were ordinary folk. Some were his friends.] Four centuries later, these deeply moving accounts of faith and courage mark a path for modern Christians to measure the depth of their commitment. This edition, edited by William Byron Forbush (1868-1927), contains Foxes original material as well as some later additions (see chapters 5, 6, & 10 particularly). Hendrickson Christian Classics is planned to include all the timeless books that generations of believers have treasured. Each volume in the series is freshly retypeset, while thoughtful new prefaces explore their spiritual and historical contexts. For contemporary readers, here is an essential library of Christian wisdom through the ages.

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  • Hardcover: 392 pages
  • Publisher: Hendrickson (18 Nov 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 156563781X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1565637818
  • Product Dimensions: 22.4 x 14.6 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 752,424 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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..."[This book] has opened up the personal interconnections within the movement as never before." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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John Foxe (1516- 1587), was an English Puritan preacher and author of "The Book of Martyrs," a graphic and polemic account of those who suffered for the cause of Protestantism.

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Christ our Savior, in the Gospel of St. Matthew, hearing the confession of Simon Peter, who, first of all other, openly acknowledged Him to be the Son of God, and perceiving the secret hand of His Father therein, called him (alluding to his name) a rock, upon which rock He would build His Church so strong that the gates of hell should not prevail against it. Read the first page
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5.0 out of 5 stars WARNING about misleading reviews 21 July 2007
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This is not a review of the content of Foxe's Book of Martyrs (which is excellent). It is rather a warning to potential purchasers: please note that Amazon has copied reviews that rightly relate only to a specific edition across several different editions.

Furthermore, the "Search Inside" feature shows inaccurate views of some editions (for example, at the time of writing, a view of Kessinger's edition is incorrectly shown for both Ambassador Publications' and Hendrickson Christian Classics' editions).
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not a good edition 2 Dec 2002
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My rating relates solely to the edition, and not to the content. Foxe's work is such a classic that no review would do it justice. Unfortunately, this edition doesn't do it justice either. There is absolutely no editorial material, so it's impossible to know whether the editor has made changes. The language has obviously been modernised, but there are no indications of how the text has been changed. The print and paper are not good quality either - it looks rather more like a cheap thriller you'd pick up at a train station than a serious work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Reformation 9 Oct 2013
By Hunter
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Excellent reference work I can see no reason for any further comments. The book was giving me all the information I required
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5.0 out of 5 stars Reference material 16 Jun 2013
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I used this book in my research into biblical martyrs and was not disappointed would recommend for others using it for the same purpose.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Non-Fiction 31 Dec 2012
By Mr. G. Johns VINE VOICE
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I only bought this book as a reference, as I'm reading for a History Degree. I'm finding it somewhat boring, and am only glad I'm not a Roman Catholic, else I'd be having nightmares over some of the text.
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5.0 out of 5 stars every Christian should read this 12 Sep 2012
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This book is a list of many persecutions suffered by true Christians by the hands of pagans and Catholics, including detailed descriptions of agonizing tortures and triumphant deaths of many martyrs.
The descriptions are sometimes so detailed that it makes it a very difficult book to read: Foxe really brings you there and you can feel the smell of burnt flesh, sometimes so much so that it makes it a disturbing read at times.
However, these episodes perfectly portray what true followers of Jesus suffered from impostors, a message of vital importance that many people nowadays don't want to hear, in the name of ecumenical togetherness .
Many Roman Catholic apologists, along with liberal theologians, have tried their best to discredit it, but this monumental work still stands, as a stark reminder of what really lies behind the teachings of popery .
All the people who believe that the Roman Catholic Church is a legitimate Christian denomination should read this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Education 1 Sep 2012
Foxes Book of Martyrs is interesting. However, there is much need for an updated version giving details of Christian hypocrisy. Good examples would be the Churches support for the Nazi holocaust - most of the top Nazis came from strong Catholic roots, and some never renounced the Catholic Church (e.g. Hitler and Goebbels). Some renowned Historians claim that the two major religions are responsible for 40 million deaths in the last 1500 years. The highly educated Queen Mary Tudor, supported by various Cardinals, was responsible for about 300 people being burned alive at the stake (a process that takes about 40 minutes - while Hitler's gas chambers were much more humane, death occurring in less than 20 minutes). Going back in history, a mob of Christians skinned Hepatica alive, merely for being an educated woman. Cardinal George Pell of Australia said, in a television debate with Richard Dawkins, that Jews were immoral and uneducated, but Christians seem not to know the meaning of "Thou shalt not kill". Even Stalin was trained as an Orthodox priest. The Catholic church claims that homosexuality is evil, but a Catholic priest who trains men for the Church, claims between 30% a 50% of priests are homosexual. One can only wonder if the former Nazi, Pope Benedict, would like to burn homosexuals, and become a real German Shepard (dog).

We need an updated book of martyrs to educate future generations about Christian hypocrisy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Book of Martyrs 15 Feb 2012
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Book arrived in good condition. As an ancester of my husband's is mentioned in the book it was great to be able to buy a copy for prosperity.
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