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The History of the Church: From Christ to Constantine (Penguin Classics) [Paperback]

By Eusebius (Author), G. A. Williamson (Translator) & Andrew Louth (Introduction by)
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The only surviving account of the Church during its crucial first 300 years. "Could I do better than start from the beginning of the dispensation of our Saviour and Lord, Jesus the Christ of God?" Bishop Eusebius (c. AD 260-339), a learned scholar who lived most of his life in Caesarea in Palestine, broke new ground in writing the History and provided a model for all later ecclesiastical historians. In tracing the history of the Church from the time of Christ to the Great Persecution at the beginning of the fourth century and ending with the conversion of the Emperor Constantine, his aim was to show the purity and continuity of the doctrinal tradition of Christianity and its struggle against persecutors and heretics, and he supported his account by extensive quotations from original sources. This edition of G. A. Williamson's clear, fluid translation is accompanied by an introduction by Andrew Louth discussing the life and works of Eusebius, together with notes, bibliography, map of the world of Eusebius and brief biographies of the figures who appear in the work.

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"Could I do better than start from the beginning of the dispensation of our Saviour and Lord, Jesus the Christ of God?"

Bishop Eusebius (c. AD 260-339), a learned scholar who lived most of his life in Caesarea in Palestine, broke new ground in writing the History and provided a model for all later ecclesiastical historians. In tracing the history of the Church from the time of Christ to the Great Persecution at the beginning of the fourth century and ending with the conversion of the Emperor Constantine, his aim was to show the purity and continuity of the doctrinal tradition of Christianity and its struggle against persecutors and heretics, and he supported his account by extensive quotations from original sources.

This edition of G. A. Williamson's clear, fluid translation is accompanied by an introduction by Andrew Louth discussing the life and works of Eusebius, together with notes, bibliography, map of the world of Eusebius and brief biographies of the figures who appear in the work.


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Item Specifications...


Studio: Penguin Classics
Pages   480
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 5" Height: 7.75"
Weight:   0.6 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Mar 1, 1990
Publisher   Penguin Classics
Age  18
Edition  Revised  
Series  Penguin Classics  
ISBN  0140445358  
ISBN13  9780140445350  
UPC  051488015956  


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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! The so-called 'Father of Ecclesiastical History', Eusebius (263-339) was a Greek Christian. His prodigious literary output can be grouped into four categories: the historical, the apologetic, the Biblical and the dogmatic. G.A Williamson was a renowned scholar of the Classics.

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Good Church History  Jan 2, 2008
If you want to learn about the early days of the Christian Church, this is the book. Eusibius relates the facts concerning the church until his life (around 400ad). This is great as both an introduction to church history and as a capstone to better your understanding of the early church.

Eusibus takes on the events from the life of Christ and the early apostles and the problems that faced the church to the Time of Constantine. He seems to explain things where much of the bible leaves off. He explains where the bible came from, who wrote them and why some parts were left out (though Constantine did most of the damage).

Eusibus was a scholar and historian to the Emperor Constantine and was instructed to explain the progression of the church and their leader which is often a cause for much debate on many Christian sects today. While it can be a nuisance at times, Eusibus often quotes other historians such as Josephus, the bible and other authors.

While at time this book can be a little difficult to read for the average reader, it is filled with loads of information and reference to other writers and authors.

Enjoy
 
A tough but rewarding read  May 23, 2007
The History of the Church by Eusebius is part bibliography, part sourcebook, part historical narrative with some doctrinal commentary, textual criticism, and hagiographies sprinkled throughout. Eusebius includes lengthy quotations of primary sources. Sometimes whole documents are inserted. The accessibility of the work varies with the material being quoted. In book two, the extensive quoting of Josephus makes for quick reading. In book ten, a sixteen-page dedication oratory seems to never end.

Eusebius opens his work with his own exposition on nature of God and on Messianic prophesies in the Old Testament. Soon the history of the early church, the fates of the Apostles, and the siege of Jerusalem are discussed. The rest of the work is organized chronologically. After reaching the time of a prominent writer, Eusebius often will list the books written by the writer or note the opinions of the writer on the authenticity of specific scriptural texts.

The History describes at length the suffering and endurance of martyrs. Persecutions are a major theme of the work, especially the later half. Eusebius mentions divisions within early Christianity, but usually he describes only the response of leaders and writers to specific heretics. Descriptions of what different sects believe are either written in a polemic tone or absent altogether.

The back cover claims that this translation emphasis clarity. Still, finishing this book took effort and fortitude. The History and the material it preserves are important sources for early Christian history. The History therefore is a rewarding as well as a tough read.
 
Essential to your foundation  Apr 30, 2007
This is an essential foundational work for anyone studying early Christian church history. But it is also a great asset to the Christian wanting to understand the origin of doctrine and the defense of orthodox Christianity against spurious beliefs that are with us even to this day. C. S. Lewis warned of the danger of becoming isolated from the faith of our fathers so that we lose not only the heritage of that faith but the sound foundation of teaching they prepared. Study to scriptures to show yourself approved but study church history (a.k.a., tradition) to identify errors in your own understanding. Do not neglect that great cloud of witnesses described in Hebrews but instead take their hard-won lessons to heart. This is a good place to begin to know your ancient Christian fathers and mothers in the faith.
 
A must read for anyone serious about Church history or their faith  Nov 10, 2006
This book is definitely a must read for anyone serious about Church history or their faith. It's amazing to me how many Christians have never read this book. As the first ecclesiastical history it gives a perspective that no modern historian is capable of. Many writings are only known to exist from mention by Eusebius. Written in the fourth century no other book on Church history gives witness to what the Church was really like at such an early age. Anyone who calls himself a Christian should be obliged to read The History of The Church. Insight into Church governance and hierarchy, early heresies and controversies, and persecutions and martyrdoms, it's all here. Eusebius may not go into as much detail as some would like, and he clearly wrights from his own perspective and not "impartially" as modern historians attempt (and usually fail) to; never the less, given the antiquity of this book, no other volume can speak with as much authority on the early pre-Nicene Church's history. I am buying this book for all my Christian friends.

While available in other editions and as part of multi-volume sets such as Nicene and Post-Nicene Series 2, the Penguin edition is my favorite. Penguin editions give access to great classics at a very reasonable price and in convenient carry size. The introductions, notes, and end materials such as the "who's who" make this the edition to buy.
 
A must read for early church historians!  Feb 24, 2006
Anyone interested in early Christianity in late antiquity should read this book. Many quote from it, but few read the entire work, and thus, do not get an appreciation for Eusebius' weaving of events around the time encompassing early church history.
 

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