- Paperback: 432 pages
- Publisher: Chieftain Publishing Ltd (1 May 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0956654010
- ISBN-13: 978-0956654014
- Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 2.2 x 23.4 cm
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Eusebius of Caesarea: Gospel Problems and Solutions (Ancient Texts in Translation) Paperback – 22 Mar 2011
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Although Eusebius may be more commonly known for his Ecclesiastical History, these letters are evidence of a student of scripture as he gives logical explanations for Matthew’s genealogy, among them the precedence of David, missing generations, and differences from Luke. Along with these are apparent inconsistencies in the Gospel accounts of the resurrection: the timing, women present, Jesus’ interaction with Mary Magdalene, and so on. Some of the explanations are familiar and can be found in any commentary, however some are unique and worthy of notation. Bible students having a conservative view of the gospel texts will appreciate what is presented.
This work is intended to be the first in a series from Chieftain Publishing. Origen’s homilies on Ezekiel had been in progress, but more material surfaced adding time and effort to the project. I look forward to its arrival.
Roger Pearse has been advocating the translation of the early church materials, as well as availability of texts in the original languages, for several years. His online presence includes The Tertullian Project, which deals primarily with the North African apologist but extends to other patristic authors as well (see here for a complete collection.) In addition, his blog gives incites and updates to ongoing and prospective projects, as well as miscellaneous reflections.
The earliest opponents of Christianity raised these and many other questions. Eusebius faced them all squarely and answered with excellent scholarship.
This book is a must-have for folks who love the Bible and the early Church Fathers. It has an English translation, with the original languages -- Greek, Latin, Syriac, Arabic, and Coptic -- on facing pages.
Gospel Problems and Solutions is notable not only for its content, but for the revolutionary methods Roger Pearse used in putting it together. He assembled a team of remote translators and paid them for their work. Then, with one of his translators, he assembled the pieces, added excellent introductions and notes, and rendered the volume editorially clean. He did it all independently of the traditional supports of publishing and academia. Let's hope many more long-awaited patristic translations will appear, now that Roger's proved it's possible.