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Justin Martyr

Christian ChildrenWe know all too little about Christian house children from the Early Church records. But there is some evidence that Christian homes were making their mark very early upon the children brought up in them. Bishop Polycarp (69-155 AD) a second century bishop of Smyrna was brought up in a Christian home in Turkey. He died a martyr tied up and burned at the stake, then stabbed when the fires failed to take him.

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Two of the Christians who were martyred with Justin Martyr about 165 AD were Paeon and Euelpistus. Justin Martyr, an early Christian writer, was born in 100 AD in Nablus and martyred in 165 AD in Rome, Italy. He was beheaded with some of his six companions. Dr Michael Green in "Evangelism in the Early Church" reminds us that Justin, replying to the prefect's enquiry as to where he learnt his Christianity, replied, "From our parents we received this good confession." And Euelpistus answered, "I willingly heard the words of Justin. But from my parents too I learned to be a Christian."

"Christian House Children"
by Ron Meacock © 2018

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