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Media Revolution of Early Christianity

Paperback|Jul 1999
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"Stay tuned for a commentary from our newsdesk anchor, Eusebius of Caesarea." Sound preposterous? Think again, says Doron Mendels in his new release, The Media Revolution of Early Christianity: An Essay on Eusebius's Ecclesiastical History. Mendels compares and contrasts Eusebius's...


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"Stay tuned for a commentary from our newsdesk anchor, Eusebius of Caesarea." Sound preposterous? Think again, says Doron Mendels in his new release, The Media Revolution of Early Christianity: An Essay on Eusebius's Ecclesiastical History. Mendels compares and contrasts Eusebius's writing to Herodotus and Thucydides, and argues that Eusebius intentionally invented a new genre---media history---which became a publicity tool for promoting the rise of early Christianity.
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This study by respected historian Doron Mendels attempts to understand the literary genre of Eusebius's The Ecclesiastical History, by situating it in the broader context of ancient historiography and by applying the analytical tools of modern media studies.What type of history writing does The Ecclesiastical History represent? Were Eusebius's aims and methods the same as those of a Herodotus or a Thucydides? Should we think of him simply as "the Christian Josephus"? Mendels argues that Eusebius invented a new type of history writing, "media history", and that Eusebius viewed the rise and spread of Christianity itself as a media revolution. Eusebius worked much like modern journalists do in selecting, shaping, and presenting stories for popular consumption.Mendels examines Eusebius's presentation of martyrdom, heresy, missionary efforts, and other factors that contributed to Christianity's victory over its pagan competitors in the marketplace of ancient religion. As Mendels's striking study demonstrates, in the hands of Eusebius history writing itself became an important publicity tool in promoting the media revolution of early
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PRODUCT DETAIL
  • Catalogue Code 135108
  • Product Code 0802846106
  • EAN 9780802846105
  • Pages 270
  • Department Academic
  • Category History
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Eerdmans
  • Publication Date Jul 1999
  • Dimensions 241 x 146 x 13mm
  • Weight 0.408kg

Doron Mendels

Doron Mendels is The Max and Sophie Mydans Professor in the Humanities in the Department of History at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel. He is the author of many books and articles of which the two most recent books are: Memory in Jewish, Pagan and Christian Societies of the Graeco-Roman World (2004) and The Media Revolution of Early Christianity: An Essay on Eusebius' Ecclesiastical History (1999).

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