This new, highly affordable paperback edition includes Maier's best-selling translation, historical commentary on each book of The Church History, and ten maps and illustrations.
Often called the "Father of Church History," Eusebius was the first to trace the rise of Christianity during its crucial first three centuries from Christ to Constantine. Our principal resource for earliest Chrisitianity, The Church History presents a panorama of apostles, church fathers, emperors, bishops, heroes, heretics, confessors, and martyrs.
This paperback edition includes Paul L. Maier's clear and precise translation, historical commentary on each book in The Church History, and numerous maps, illustrations, and photographs. Coupled with helpful indexes and the Loeb numbering system, these features promise to liberate Eusebius from previous outdated and stilted works, creating a new standard primary resource for readers interested in the early history of Christianity.
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About the Author
Eusebius, the Bishop of Caesarea in Roman Palestine, has well been called "The Father of Church History." As the first Christian historian, he recorded the colorful events and personalities that characterized Christianity in its crucial first three centuries from Christ to Constantine.
Paul L. Maier is the Russell H. Seibert Professor of Ancient History at Western Michigan University. In 1984 he was named "Professor of the Year" as one of America's twenty-five finest educators. His other works include the award-winning Josephus: The Essential Works, Eusebius: The Church History; In the Fullness of Time; Pontius Pilate; and The Flames of Rome.
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If Herodotus is the father of history, then Eusebius of Caesarea (c. A.D. 260-339) is certainly the father of church history. He was the first to undertake the task of tracing the rise of Christianity during its crucial first three centuries from Christ to Constantine. Since no other ancient author tried to cover the same period, Eusebius is our principal primary source for earliest Christianity, and his Church History is the cornerstone chronicle on which later historians would build. The Jewish historian Flavius Josephus provides fascinating addenda to our information about the people, places, and events of the biblical world, and Eusebius does the same for the period up to A.D. 324.
What happened to Jesus' apostles later in life? Did Simon Peter ever to go Rome? Where did John spend the rest of his days? Did Paul survive his trial before Nero? When were the Gospels written? Who wrote them, and where? How did the New Testament canon develop? Why and how were the early Christians persecuted? These questions and many more involve an era no longer covered by the New Testament and could hardly be answered were it not for Eusebius.
Table of Contents
The Person and Work of Christ 21
Commentary: Eusebius on Jesus 49
The Apostles 52
Commentary: Eusebius on the Apostles 77
Missions and Persecutions 80
Commentary: Eusebius's Sources 115
Bishops, Writings, and Martyrdoms 118
Commentary: Defenders and Defamers of the Faith 147
Western Heroes, Eastern Heretics 150
Commentary: Christian Agonies and Arguments 185
Origen and Atrocities at Alexandria 188
Commentary: Eusebius's Horizons 223
Dionysius and Dissent 227
Commentary: Dionysius of Alexandria 255
The Great Persecution 259
Commentary: The Four Emperors 283
The Great Deliverance 286
Commentary: The End of Persecution? 304
Constantine and Peace 308
Commentary: Eusebius and Constantine 333
Eusebius's Citation of Josephus on Jesus 336
The Successions of Emperors and Bishops 339
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I is a good source of the early church written by Eusebius. He lived in one of the early eras of the church...I use this book to complement a study course I give at my local parish. Many of those whom I had let thumb through it had found it a help as well. They will be ordering this book. Eusebius the church history is used from my understanding by the Cathoilc Church and many other christen seminaries in their courses on those periods of the church. Mainer did a very good job of translating and writting this book.