Eusebius: The Church History
This new, highly affordable paperback edition includes Maier's bestselling translation, historical commentary on each book of The Church History , and ten maps and illustrations. Often called the "Father of Church History," Eusebius recorded crucial information about the lives of...
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This new, highly affordable paperback edition includes Maier's bestselling translation, historical commentary on each book of The Church History, and ten maps and illustrations. Often called the "Father of Church History," Eusebius recorded crucial information about the lives of Jesus' disciples, the development of the New Testament, Roman politics, and the persecution of early Christians. Next to Josephus, Eusebius is the most widely-consulted reference work on the early church. Much of our knowledge of the first three centuries of Christianity - the terrible persecutions, the courageous martyrs, and the theological controversies - come from the writings of this fourth century historian. This sparkling new translation includes more than 150 color photographs, maps, and charts.
Paul L. Maier (M.A., Harvard; Ph.D., Basel) 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 several million of his publications are print in sixteen languages including the award-winning Josephus: The Essential Works; Eusebius: The Church History; In the Fullness of Time; Pontius Pilate; The Flames of Rome, and The First Christmas: The True Yet Unfamiliar Story of Christ's Birth.
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.