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The History of the Church

The History of the Church [Kindle Edition]

Eusebius of Caesarea , Arthur Cushman McGiffert
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Eusebius's account is the only surviving historical record of the Church during its crucial first 300 years.

Bishop Eusebius, 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.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 590 KB
  • Print Length: 238 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1420925067
  • Publisher: GLH Publishing (1 April 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007QQU6ZU
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ecclesiastical History... 14 Mar 2003
Eusebius of Caesarea is not the easiest classical author, but G. A. Williamson's translation has done an excellent job of placing the text in a format, both readable accessible to the modern reader.
Eusebius is an essential source for anyone studying classical Roman history, or early Christianiy, because he is one the few writers who is preserved to us, almost in his entirety. The actual history that he gives us is invaluable - some accounts of events attested no where else, as well alternative accounts of events that are well known from history.
It should be said, Eusebius is problematic - he is tendentious is his style of writing, and occasionally distorts what actually happened. If you read Eusebius, read it with a good commentary.
As far as this particular edition goes, its very good but not perfect. The style chosen in the text works well, with quotations used by Eusebius in smaller font (and there are a lot of these!), and his own text larger, which allows the reader to distinguish between his sources.
Additionally, A. Louth has included in his revisions a useful Who's Who for the reader, so if you are searching Eusebius for a particular passage on one personality, you should be able to find it relatively easily. Some brief appendices explain some awkward points of history too, e.g. the ancient calendar.
Unfortunately, there is no index which is quite disappointing. Eusebius contains information on so many places, events and people, that an index would have been very useful indeed. The Who's who eases this situation somewhat, but having to search through his accounts for specific mentions of events can be time consuming.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Vey useful reference source. 26 April 2013
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Lack of notes and background obviously mean that this cannot be a full reference for students/enthusiasts - but it is a most useful
general guide , readable and such a bargain ! Text in English only. Will be worth five stars for those not needing more detail and precision as in an academic book.

Basil (no Saint !)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Old but good 7 May 2012
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For the student of ecclesial history this book is an ideal starting point. Though modern theology has shown some different understandings of how the Church developed after Christ's death, this book gives us a ground on which to begin our investigations.
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