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Believers are persecuted after Stephen’s death
Dictionaries
The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Persecution of the Early Church
Persecution of the Early Church The physical, psychological, economic, or social pain, distress, or loss that was inflicted on Christians because of their beliefs and practices.
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Persecution of the Early Church
PERSECUTION OF THE EARLY CHURCH. There were many reasons for the persecution of the Christian church in the four centuries preceding the conversion of Constantine. Different reasons predominated at different times; no single reason or simple set of explanations can explain persecution in any given period.
The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
persecutions, early Christian
persecutions, early Christian. Christianity at first appeared to the Roman authorities as a form of *Judaism, which enjoyed toleration, but Jewish agitation against the Christians (e.g. Acts 17:5; 18:12) revealed its separate identity. The secrecy of the early Christian rites and misunderstandings of
Ecclesiastical Dictionary: Containing, in Concise Form, Information upon Ecclesiastical, Biblical, Archæological, and Historical Subjects
Persecutions
Persecutions.—History stigmatizes with the epithet “persecutors,” the Roman emperors who used violence against the Christians to force them to abjure their religion. Lactantius has left us a treatise on the death of the persecutors wherein he shows that all perished in a fatal manner, and as having been
Encyclopedia of Ancient Christianity
Persecutions
PERSECUTIONS. Persecutions can be understood as violent actions directed against the Christian church and its members by its adversaries.Jesus’ message of salvation led to a confrontation with the Jewish authorities and his crucifixion by order of Pontius *Pilate, the Roman procurator in Judea. The
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
CHRISTIANS, PERSECUTION OF
CHRISTIANS, PERSECUTION OF. Jesus spoke to his followers about persecution (Mark 13:9–13; Luke 11:49–51; Matt 23:34–37; note John 16:2: “an hour is coming when those who kill you will think that by doing so they are offering worship to God”). Jesus himself was persecuted (Luke 4:29; John 5:16), and had
Key passages
Ac 8:1–3

And Saul was agreeing with his murder. Now there happened on that day a great persecution against the church in Jerusalem, and they were all scattered throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria, except the apostles. And devout men buried Stephen and made loud …