- Author: Eusebius
- Title: Church History
- Published: 4th C AD
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Who was Eusebius (260-340), Bishop of Caesarea?
- Eusebius lived and wrote in one of Rome’s provincial capitals,
- Caesarea (aka Sharon on the coastal plain of Israel.)
- He lived under direct Roman imperial power.
- He witnessed the persecution of Christians in Caesarea
- …under the governors Flavianus, Urbanus, and Firmilianus.
- Eusebius figures prominently in all
- …histories of late-ancient theology and philosophy
Why is Eusebius important?
- Eusebius worked at the library in Caesarea Palestina
- founded by the scholar Origen (ca. 185–ca. 254)
- He had access to numerous works of antiquity which have not survived.
- Books 1-7 – the reign of Herod and birth of Jesus (book 1)
- then we read the events before Diocletian’s persecutions (14-311 AD)
- Books 8-9 – narration of recent persecutions (253-305 AD)
- Book 10 – reign of Emperor Constantine (306 – 312)
Genre: Greek-Roman history writing…with a whiff of an apology
Edition: Eusebius Penguin Classic ISBN 9780140445350
Theme: was celebration of the success of Christianity in the Roman world.
Significance of Eusebius: important source for historians, classicists and theologians
POV: Eusebius, a orthodox Christian
Intended audience: with a knowledge of Christian texts and accepts their sacred status
Title: History of the Church: Eusebius describes a group of bishops, martyrs,
and scholars. Eusebius excludes heretics as outsiders to the church.
Setting: Eusebius uses the Roman Empire as the borders of the Christian Church
Narrative: gives the readers a past about the church. It profiles of key individuals
that carry across several chapters Apostle John, Irenaeus, Origen, and Dionysius of Alexandria
Style: Eusebius has a roller-coaster reputation for both veracity and style.
What does Eusebius NOT do?
- He does not discuss of doctrine because he assumes reader knows it
- …and has a positive opinion of Christianity.
- After reading this book I feel I’m better prepared to
- participate in Jeopardy or University Challenge shows!
- I learned more about some heresies of the times.
- After reading this book it will be easier to read another classic (TBR)
- The Twelve Caesars by Suetonius!
- There are small items that consume reading time
- …skimming may be necessary!
- How Appolonius suffered Martyrdom at Rome
- …Roman senator who stuck to his beliefs.
- Blastus On Schism Who?
- Many lists of bishops of Jerusalem and Rome (skim)
- Date of Easter…lots of commotion!
- The Elegant Works of Irenæus
- …this is a whole other study…skim Wikipedia page Irenaeus!
- Heresy of Artemon
- …it seems Eusebius is the only historian who mentions this!.
- There are just too many heretics,
- ..martyrs, saints, theologians to mention.
- This book is readable but I needed to extend my reading to
- Wikipedia and follow the footnotes closely
- …if I wanted to make heads or tails of Eusebius.
- This is a classic…I can say I read it.
- But…I’m not sure if it will be on many reading lists!
- This is definitely a book
- …for a dedicated reader of the classics!
- Glossary….This is very handy!
- Excellent “Who’s Who in Eusebius” + Latin terms (pg 339-427)
- Quick scan of emperors of Rome and
- bishops in Antioch – Jerusalem – Alexandria (pg 428-434)
- Tip: I did some extra ‘skimming’ of the Wikepedia page
- …of the emperor mentioned
- This gave me a bit more historical background.
- It made the reading of Eusebius much easier knowing more
- about the politics/rulers.
- #Classic or the die hards!