Undergraduate Honors Theses

Thesis Defended

Spring 2015

Document Type


Type of Thesis

Departmental Honors



First Advisor

Andrew Cain

Second Advisor

Sarah James

Third Advisor

Fred Anderson


In Chapter One, I introduce many of the early Christian martyrs and the situations in which they lived and died. I also show the reasons for the existence of the martyrdoms and the mutual attitudes of the Christians and the Pagans. In Chapter Two, I demonstrate that the majority of the martyrs, or those writing about them, did not properly understand and use passages from the Bible. In Chapter Three, I argue that the early martyrs and those writing about them, in contrast to their use and understanding of biblical passages, understood the character of the Devil as he existed in the biblical tradition.