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Stories like St. John’s trial in boiling oil, pictured in Kerver's 1507 Book of Hours, were used by the Church to demonstrate the power of faith against threats of pain and death.This essay examines the symbolism in the image of St. John's martyrdom and discusses how narratives of self-sacrifice worked to inspire the spread of Christianity.
Book and manuscript illustration, engraving, Medieval Christian art and symbolism
Christianity | History of Religion | Medieval History
Powers, David, "Martyrdom of St. John the Evangelist" (2018). Kerver Book of Hours: Senior Capstone 2018. 10.