Hey Jennifer @Jennifer_Wilkinson. Yes, the devil is in the details right
Not only where they alone, it was repeated tribulations over 40 years. And the most important distinction is that it is correct that people die for beliefs they believe it is true (Muslim extremists), but not to beliefs that they know for sure is not true. A good example actually that came to my mind was Peter. Peter denied Christ 3 times. If you ask why. He yet had seen the risen Christ. He saw this person of Jesus that did allllll the miracles but then he was caught and was about to be crucified. He was confused, he was scared, he doubted if he truly was the messiah. BUT THEN after he saw him risen, that was another story. He was persecuted many times and died alone. If that was a lie and Jesus didnt rise, he would have denied him 3 times again.
Another thing is Saul (Paul) he was a pharasie that persecuted all the disciples. James, Jesus’s brother/cousin, he grew up with him thinking, “This is just my brother. He is no Messiah.” They did not become disciples until they saw the risen Jesus. No one would die alone for something that they truly know is a lie. Why would Saul give up a highly prestigious position in the temple and be chased like a dog for a lie?
To answer your question though, No book comes to mind at this moment but I will see if I can find something for you.