Eusebius of Caesarea against Paganism

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Overview

Essential reading for reconstructing early Christianity, the writings of Eusebius of Caesarea (ca. 260—340 C.E.) have held a central place for historians of early Christianity. Eusebius’s Ecclesiastical History frequently stands on the scholar’s shelf alongside the writings of Josephus or Philo of Alexandria. While apologists like Irenaeus and Origen have stood squarely in the spotlight, Eusebius has remained in the shadows. Kofsky contends that the value of Eusebius’s own apologetic and theological writings has been neglected. He corrects this deficit and invites us to see Eusebius as a “contender for the faith” in his own right. To accomplish his goal, Kofsky takes us on a detailed tour of two of Eusebius’s key documents: Eusebius’s Praeparatio Evangelica and Demonstratio Evangelica.

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'...a careful work marked by a detailed knowledge of the primary sources…This study will be a useful library acquisition and will appeal to students interested in Eusebius of caesarea dn in the history of Christian apologetics.
Kelley McCarthy Spoerl, Journal of Early Christian Studies.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780391041301
  • Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/1/2002
  • Series: Biblical Studies and Religious Studies
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 338
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 6.04 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Meet the Author

Aryeh Kofsky is Lecturer of Comparative Religion at the University of Haifa. He recently co-edited and contributed to Sharing the Sacred: Religious Contacts and Conflicts in the Holy Land (Jerusalem, 1998).
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