The Inside Assyria Discussion Forum #5

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Posted by pancho (Guest) - Monday, June 25 2007, 20:22:31 (CEST)
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>1 : a person who voluntarily suffers death as the penalty of witnessing to and refusing to renounce a religion.

...would this have the same meaning and inferrence if you left out the "voluntarily" part? For instance: a person who suffers death (for) religion"? Is that good enough to qualify as a martyr? Should it be?

As it stands, the first definition includes a very significant element...reading it you know that a martyr would be someone who chose, voluntarily, to suffer death, for "refusing" renounce a religion etc.

It seems to me one defintion is far superior because it relates an extra circumstance which lifts the martyred person to a hoigher realm than merely being a murder victim...and that was the whole point. is never a "waste of time" to understand.


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