The First Apology of Justin Martyr

Read by David Leeson

(4.8 stars; 98 reviews)

The purpose of the Apology is to prove to the emperors, renowned as upright and philosophical men, the injustice of the persecution of the Christians, who are the representatives of true philosophy … Christians are the true worshipers of God, the Creator of all things; they offer him the only sacrifices worthy of him, those of prayer and thanksgiving, and are taught by his Son, to whom they assign a place next in honor to him. This teaching leads them to perfect morality, as shown in their teacher's words and their own lives, and founded on their belief in the resurrection. (Summary from Wikipedia) (2 hr 9 min)


Part 1 (ch. 1-19) 34:24 Read by David Leeson
Part 2 (ch. 20-39) 32:25 Read by David Leeson
Part 3 (ch. 40-55) 32:32 Read by David Leeson
Part 4 (ch. 55-68, Epistles of Adrian, Antoninus, Marcus Aurelius) 30:22 Read by David Leeson


Perfect source!

(5 stars)

Samuel Winters I have been writing about Justin Martyr for a face of history character, for my keyword outline this is the perfect source to use!

(5 stars)

Lesson does a great job reading clearly. In addition, this truly is one of the great works of Christian writing. I loved every minute of it!

An Essential Christian Document

(5 stars)

This apology is addressed to ‘Titus Elius Adrianus Antoninus Pius Augustus Caesar, and to his son,’ &c. Written on the very heels of the apostles’ time, and to a Caesar by a church leader, this address is an essential Christian document. Considering the power and brutality of the Roman Empire under Caesar, the tone of the address is striking. It is a combative discourse, which is not quite the tone that callow readers suppose the word ‘apology’ calls for. If Justin Martyr were alive and walking among us as some other man, disseminating his Apology in his unapologetic temper, our leaders of seminaries and churches would dismiss him as an easily offended fanatic who shoots his mouth off. We are need of some Justin Martyrs today. Since the verses that are quoted, interpreted, and applied by Justin Martyr may be easily gathered together in a list, his First Apology would make excellent material for use in a Bible study. This reading of the apology is so fluid as to be inconspicuous, which makes it easy to concentrate on what is read.

Great Defense of the Faith by the First Christian Philosopher

(5 stars)

This short book should be essential reading for anyone interested in the Christian faith. It is sure to shore up the faith of any Christian reading it. Another benefit is its brevity, which makes it accessible to all.

(4.5 stars)

Five Stars for this book. Very well read and easy to listen to, the three letters from the governing authorities at the end of the book are priceless especially the one by Marcus Aurelius

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Great reader. Justin Martin gives a great inside to the doctrinal beliefs of the early church especially how the prophecies were fulfilled by Christ.

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Leeson reads well without over dramatizing or over modulating his voice. His diction is good.

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I got inspired by the readying. May many finde salvation thru Jesus Christ.