It is noticeable that Stephen, the first Christian martyr we know of, ends his life without voicing revenge. (Acts 7:60) In this he mimics Jesus. (Luke 23:34) What a gift to bequeath a world so full of malice and revenge! He has seen through the justifications that allow us to act out our rivalries and self-rejection through acts of ostracism, anger and revenge. Stephen, changed by his encounter with the crucified-risen Lord, rewrites Israelite history from this new perspective (hermeneutic) of cross and resurrection. (Acts 7:1-53) We shouldn’t miss the irony here. Stephen, converted by the cross and resurrection of Jesus, tells the truth about who and what we are. Innocent of the crime of which he is accused, Stephen is murdered; and in his death reveals the truth of this re-reading of (Israelite) history. His persecutors kill Stephen to prevent the spread of this new reading of history, yet in murdering him they once again disclose the truth Stephen’s reading of history. An ironic recapitulation of the gospel.