The History of the Church: From Christ to Constantine

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 PerEusebius 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.
The History of the Church From Christ to Constantine Eusebius s account is the only surviving historical record of the Church during its crucial first years Bishop Eusebius a learned scholar who lived most of his life in Caesarea in Palestine brok

  • Title: The History of the Church: From Christ to Constantine
  • Author: Eusebius Andrew Louth G.A. Williamson
  • ISBN: 9780140445350
  • Page: 115
  • Format: Paperback
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    1. Eusebius (of Caesarea) lived from approximately 260 – 337 A.D. He was a bishop, author of many writings, imprisoned, tortured, and suffered through several Roman persecutions, saw friends martyred including his beloved mentor. Eusebius was a leader and speaker at important early Church councils and synods. He celebrated Constantine’s triumphal accession to power, the ensuing peace and freedom for Christians. Eusebius experienced much of what he put into The Church History. He was not a disin [...]

    2. This is a very good book by the first great church historian. Eusebius (c. AD 264 – c. 340) was a devout Christian, scholar, historian, author, priest, and eventually the Bishop of Caesarea in Palestine. His “History of the Church” was the first book to record events in the life of the Church from the advent of Christ through the reign of Constantine. It proceeds chronologically and systematically, documenting the growth of the Church as it spread from Jerusalem throughout the whole of the [...]

    3. I wish evangelicals would read literature such as this. It is a very interesting chronicle of early Christians. It helps one understand how what we call the 'New Testament' was created and preserved, and a fascinating look at the network of early churches and their relationship. It's also notable that Eusebius, Christianity's first historian and a devout Christian, calls into question the validity of the book of Revelation (he does make clear that he is in no position to pass judgment on the boo [...]

    4. Je m'intéresse de plus en plus à l'histoire chrétienne, et il m'a semblé bon de commencer par cet auteur. Eusèbe de Césarée est réputé être le premier historien a avoir compilé les événements ayant marqué l'église lors des quatre premiers siècles de notre ère. Césarée en Palestine, la ville dont il est issu, ne subsiste de nos jours qu'à l'état de ruine, ayant été secoué par les tremblements de terre qui frappent habituellement cette région du monde. Les vestiges d'une r [...]

    5. Eusebius is a scholar, I learnt a lot of new things from this book. I am encouraged by the Early Church fathers especially Origen. It seems that the Early Christians had to face internal threats (heresies), external threats (ridicule, persecution), this is simply too much to Handle but God blessed them. The persecutions in the Roman empire is appalling. There's depth details about persecution especially during Diocletian Era, I could not digest a lot. I wish the Christians today would read this [...]

    6. wheless thinks that eusebius is the greatest liar in history. dunno about that. this seems reasonably credible. problem with wheless is that he needs christianity to be fraudulent in order for it to be wrong; i think it can be dead wrong even if it's 100% true.

    7. Early Christian history and the political changes it created in Israel, Palestine, Roman and Egyptian history.

    8. This is a very helpful source on early church history, being the first major church history book written (A.D. 324). It's not terribly well written, but it makes up for that in its interesting subject matter. It shows an early church with real, personal connections with Jesus and the Apostles. It tells of its disputes with the pagans and with heretics. It shows their persevering through persecution and their victory over Rome. Whatever weaknesses Eusebius had as a historian by modern standards, [...]

    9. THE HISTORY OF THE CHURCH FROM CHRIST TO CONSTANTINE. (ca. 300 A.D.). Eusebius. ***. I did my best to read this history, but couldn’t make it through. This is an important book because it is the only surviving historical record of the Church during its first 300 years. Its language and style, however, were off-putting to my efforts. The translator (G. A. Williamson) did his best in providing references to the author’s work, but those references would have required having a copy of the Bible [...]

    10. For my latest history fix, I decided to go way back to the first 300 years after Christ. (Of course, having received this book for Christmas influenced this decision somewhat.) It was interesting and amusing to read about the first centuries of the Christian Church, reading of controversies and heresies that have been revived almost 20 centuries later. Once, Eusebius gets to the years of his life, however, and speaks of the persecutions that some faced, I was reminded that American Christians, a [...]

    11. The author of the introduction seems to fault Eusebius for not writing a different book, but I find a lot to like in what he did write. He quotes primary sources extensively. I liked the information about debates over the New Testament canon, the picture of Justin Martyr, Origen, Dionysius of Alexandria, and the constant reference to all kinds of early works, many of which are now lost. And then of course there are all sorts of random details to puzzle and delight, such as the statue of Jesus Eu [...]

    12. Interesting to read alongside The Early Church. Major source on the early Church naturally as Eusebius was active in the eastern Mediterranean there is much less information about what was happening in the western part of the Roman Empire and even less about what was happening beyond the boundaries of the Empire in Armenia and Georgia.

    13. The first surviving history of the Christian Church is well served by this translation and commentary. Eusebius has the occasional dry passage, but his perspective as a Christian writing about Christians in first three centuries of the Roman Empire more than make up for this.

    14. A really insightful and inspiring look into the life of the church - its teachings, practices, leadership, struggles, sufferings, and triumphs - during its first three centuries. The sadistic cruelty that many of our forebears in the Faith endured throughout these early years during the periods of persecution, which, contrary to common misconception, were for the most part localized and intense but relatively brief, are quite unimaginable from the vantage point of the average American Christian [...]

    15. I bought this book to continue learning about the beginnings of the Church. Eusebius was alive during the third to fourth centuries of the Church. He started his history with Jesus and his disciples and ended it with his own current time--the era of Constantine. Eusebius was very thorough in his writing and quoted many other Church writings and Roman writings of the times. It took me quite a while to read this book (it very detailed and quite dense). The writing is in depth and so full of inform [...]

    16. Eusebius is the first Christian to write a church history. Paul Maier provides an excellent translation. Footnotes indicate points at which later scholarship believes Eusebius to have been inaccurate. At the end of each book within the Church History Maier has added his own commentary, which may provide more background information about the era of Eusebius's discussion. Sometimes the commentary provides some evaluation of Eusebius's history and the state of scholarly discussion. My edition is a [...]

    17. Maier's translation is a lot more fluid than others. If one wants to see the cultivation of the Church from the time of Christ to the Edict of Milan, this is the book for you. Want to see apostolic succession of the thrones of the five different sees of early Christendom? Get this book. Though Eusebius was an Arian sympathizer, this tome is crucial to our understanding of the early church because it is the only extant church history we have from this era. I cannot stress enough Get this!Forgive [...]

    18. Amazing. Sunday School doesn't teach that this stuff even exists. Eusebius' work was a great read. There is so much that isn't said about the church history in the Bible. Eusebius goes into great depth of the time period of Jesus' life and the next couple of centuries to follow. He plots out the lineage of disciples starting with the original apostles. There is so much to be learned from his writing.

    19. This book deserves either four stars or two, depending on how right Candida Moss is in her book about the reliability of these early histories. I think a four is on solid ground, for now. His soaring praise of Constantine is forgivable. Besides that, that, there's nowhere else to turn for this kind of information.

    20. It was interesting to find out, first hand, just how different the church was in the late 4th century than it is now, in all but the essentials. The martyr stories were riveting.

    21. I'm interested in the Bible and the early history of Christianity, so I jumped on the book when I found it in a used bookstore - what could be more interesting than a 4th-century history of the church? Well, my interest quickly turned into exasperation. Eusubius consulted a large number of early historical manuscripts - not an easy task in those days - but he was far from an unbiased historian. When things go poorly for the enemies of Christianity, Eusubius attributes this to God's wrath. And wh [...]

    22. Paul Maier's commentary is invariable informative and helpful. The pictures (every few pages!) gave an added dimension to the story being told. It is amazing how many busts of emperors and other great men still survive. I feel I could recognize Constantine if I met him on the street.Eusebius tells the history of Christianity fomr the prophecies of Christ and his Birth and life to the establishment of Christianity by Constantine. The history is full of fascinating detail that give a much more coc [...]

    23. I've admittedly read this book in sections over the years, and as with a great many "histories", I think Eusebius is best taken in bite sized chunks. This is not because it is not fascinating, but because often for the modern reader understanding the references he makes can take time to piece together. That being said, consistently one of the claims I continue to hear from Protestant sectors of Christianity is that "up until Constantine, the Church had things basically correcten things started g [...]

    24. Although I have to admit that I have not read every word of this book, I have read major portions of the book. Like Foxes' Book of Martyrs, you will learn a lot of information you might not really want to know. History can be dry, but it can also teach us invaluable lessons, encourage us on the correct beliefs and actions, warn us of the wrong directions, and demonstrate the outcomes of some of our misguided actions. There is never a better time than now to learn from our past mistakes.

    25. The original Christian history book by the original Christian historian. Still worth reading today for a peak at early Christian life. Eusebius also records so much of history that would otherwise be lost to the sands of time. This is an excellent translation and the list of "Who's Who in Eusebius" at the end of the book is an awesome resource. I recommend this to anyone who wants to know more about the early Christian Church.

    26. The most amazing "historical" record that supplements a lot of the missing gaps in the New Testament, especially regarding the martyrdom and eventual apostasy of the church. While some facts have to be taken with a grain of salt, most of the history presented here agrees with the record of the scriptures.

    27. Looking back from the fourth century to the bad old days before Constantine, Eusebius tells every story he's ever heard about the early church. His credulity, his crush on Origen, his replacement theology, and an over-realized eschatology detract somewhat from his accomplishment, but I am so glad this book exists.

    28. While Eusebius takes liberties with certain elements of early Christian historical events this volume is an invaluable resource. The new translation builds on the original english release. As the sole source of certain early Church figures' biographies, such as Origen, this is a must for any historically or theologially inclined reader.

    29. This was, in parts, hard to read. I read most of it out loud, which made it really taxing. The parts that struck me the most were the early Christian martyrdoms. They were horrific. I gave it three stars only because it was pretty dry in places.

    30. Lots of interesting history not included in the bible. A must-read for anyone interested in the history of the early church. Easy read.

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