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Title: The 60 Martyrs of Gaza and the Martyrdom of Bishop Sophronius of Jerusalem
Author(s): WOODS, David
Journal: ARAM Periodical
Volume: 15    Date: 2003   
Pages: 129-150
DOI: 10.2143/ARAM.15.0.504530

Abstract :
The 60 martyrs of Gaza were soldiers who were executed for their refusal to convert to Islam after the conquest of Gaza during the Muslim invasion of Palestine. They were executed in two groups: first 10 in Jerusalem, then 50 at Eleutheropolis. Their passion has only survived in Latin, in two different recensions. Contrary to the common opinion, the author concludes, on the basis of several arguments, that the later version preserves the better account. He is able to connect the passion of the 60 soldiers with the martyrdom of bishop Sophronius of Jerusalem and to situate both events against the historical background of the Muslim conquest of Palestine.

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