Eusebius' Ecclesiastical Historyby Eusebius
Pub. Date: 01/28/1998
Publisher: Hendrickson Publishers, Incorporated
Eusebius’ Ecclesiastical History is one of the classics of early Christianity and of equal stature with the works of Flavius Josephus. Eusebius chronicles the events of the first three centuries of the Christian church in such a way as to record a vast number of vital facts about early Christianity that can be learned from no other ancient source. When
Eusebius’ Ecclesiastical History is one of the classics of early Christianity and of equal stature with the works of Flavius Josephus. Eusebius chronicles the events of the first three centuries of the Christian church in such a way as to record a vast number of vital facts about early Christianity that can be learned from no other ancient source. When Eusebius wrote his Ecclesiastical History, his vital concern was to record facts before they disappeared, and before eye-witnesses were killed and libraries were burned and destroyed in persecutions by Rome. He faithfully transcribed the most important existing documents of his day so that future generations would have a collection of factual data to interpret. Thus Eusebius (c. A.D. 260-340) richly deserves the title “father of Church history.”
More readable. This is the only full edition of Eusebius' Ecclesiastical History that has been retypeset in modern, easy-to-read type. Archaic words have been modernized and the punctuation has been updated according to contemporary standards.
Easier to use. The Loeb numbering system (now the standard way to cite Eusebius' Ecclesiastical History) has been added to make it easier to locate passages referred to in other reference works. Also, all citations and cross-references have been updated from Roman numerals to the modern form of citation.
More complete. The complete text of all ten books of Eusebius is included. Also included is "Historical View of the Council of Nicea" as well as translations of related documents.
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This is the history of the early church as researched and related by a 4th century Christian. Some bits are probably embellished or apocryphal, but there is a lot of fascinating material. I'm not sure that this translation (by Cruse) is particularly accurate. I looked up (in the original Greek) a couple passages that sounded odd to me and the translation seemed to be off (e.g. translating 'daimonion' as 'angelic' or 'heavenly' rather than 'demon/demonic'). A must-read for anyone interested in church history, but you might want to find a different translation.
Eusebius' history of the Church is a must read for anyone who wants to know Christ and His works through the apostles and early Church. It is filled with great revealing facts that complement the cannon of the New Testament. This book confirms the sources of the Christian Faith in admirable ways.