Thursday Book Review- Second Apology of Justin Martyr

Friends, as I was beginning to write a review this morning about Justin Martyrs Dialogue with Trypho I realized I had never finished my review of his Apologies. My review of his First Apology can be seen here.

The Second Apology, written some time between 150-157 AD, is a short book addressing Christian persecution from Urbicus. While it is important for us, as believers, to read the early church writings, they can be difficult. When we become saved God gives us this beautiful gift, love for the brethren. When one part of the body hurts, we all hurt. That’s what makes Foxes Book of Martyrs so difficult to read. It’s often the same with these early writings, as the church was being hotly persecuted at the time.

Justin’s Second Apology is also beneficial from a historical viewpoint, which is why I would recommend it for anyone who is not a Christian as well. If you are learning about Rome, or teaching that era in homeschooling, these Apologies are excellent resources. Although I would suggest they be read to older, more mature, students being that they contain persecution which might be frightening for younger ones. For example, Kayliegh is 7-years-old, and while she’s very mature for her age, I’m waiting until she’s older to give her these books as lessons.

One last thought, just as an aside, if you have lost friends or family who love history I think these Apologies could be a great springboard into the Gospel. People love to hear about gladiators and other secular facts which happened around the same time as the early church. Just an idea, if anyone has some of those more difficult folks in their lives to share with, the ones who love learning but never come to the Truth. Because these books are so very old they are in the public domain, yay! This means, of course, that you can find it in Online, Audiobook, kindle version, and a very inexpensive paperback. As always, beloved brethren, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

Thursday Book Review – First Apology by Justin Martyr

Today I’m going to review the First Apology by Justin Martyr. Justin was born in Samaria in 100 AD and was martyred in Rome in 165 AD. This means it’s highly likely Justin new personally, or at least new of, Polycarp. Polycarp was personally disciples by John, so you can see the line of faithful men carrying the Gospel from generation to generation. Justin studied philosophy but was unfulfilled by what he learned, until he heard the Gospel. 


His works, like his first and second apology, were aimed at forming a legal defense to stop the extreme persecution of his Christian brothers and sisters. The First Apology of Justin Martyr, written to the Emperor of Rome, is as important for the church to read as the Pilgrims Progress, in my opinion. Not just for the apologetic aspect, but the historical content. It’s not just a blessing to read how our spiritual fathers lived, and died for Christ, but it also gives us a glimpse into the early church practices. 

In other words, beloved, I recommend this book to everyone! It’s almost 1900 years old, so it’s in the public domain. This means you can download a free PDF version, listen to a free audio version, or purchase an inexpensive Kindle version. I hope you’ll be edified by this book, dear brethren, and as always be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

The First Apology of Justin Martyr PDF
The First Apology of Justin Martyr Kindle Version