“You can stand me up at the gates of Hell,
but I won’t back down!”
The first official Christian martyr, or protomartyr,
was Stephen, who was killed in 36 AD.
What we know about Stephen comes to us from the Book of Acts.
A Greek speaking foreign born Jew, Stephen was elected to serve as a deacon to his community. Stephen, along with others, had appealed to the apostles that the
elderly widows within their community were being passed over and forgotten.
So Stephen, along with 6 others, were elected as official deacons who would in turn
attend to these elderly widows.
Yet Stephen was also known for being quite the evangelist.
He was an ardent speaker and witness of a new faith based on the teachings
of Jesus of Nazareth.
Stephen was known…
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