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The History of the Church [Kindle Edition]

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It is my purpose to write an account of the successions of the holy apostles, as well as of the times which have elapsed from the days of our Saviour to our own; and to relate the many important events which are said to have occurred in the history of the Church; and to mention those who have governed and presided over the Church in the most prominent parishes, and those who in each generation have proclaimed the divine word either orally or in writing.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 489 KB
  • Print Length: 233 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1420925067
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003NSC608
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #190,575 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Clarity, Ease, and Concise Jan. 21 2003
This is definitely a first rate translation of Eusebius' work. The work itself is, as most may already know, the first and only surviving one of its kind. In other words, Eusebius' work, as translated here, is the only surviving manuscript of the Church (for the first 300 years).
This text works on several levels. What I mean by this is the fact that a lay person who has never studied Church history could pick this text up and understand it. This is, in large part, due to Williamson's translation and Louth's introduction. However, a seasoned Church historian would also benefit from this translation and work due to its clarity, and the fact that the sections are kept short and concise leaving the reader and researcher with nice 'bite' size chunks to digest.
This is a 'must read' text for anyone interested in the first 300 years of the Christian Church. Eusebius gives details of events, names, places, doctrine, issues, etc. that helped to shape the Christian Church. Events such as the persecutions of Christians under Nero to Marcus Aurelius are detailed. Genealogies of Bishops since Peter to Eusebius' day are detailed and listed, as well as certain heresies and councils. And many other extremely pertinent details (such as doctrinal disputes, etc) are included in this work.
If you are wanting a detailed account of the first three hundred years (the early Patristic Period) of the Christian Church, then you will not want to be without this text (esp. due to William's great translation and revision work). I highly recommend this book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent introduction Jan. 31 2004
This book was first assigned to me as a student of late Roman history and it was one that had a great impact on me. More than a mere ecclesiastical history, it is a defense of Christianity written by a Bishop of the 4th century. Having lived through the persecution of Diocletian and been a confidant of the first Christian Roman emperor, Constantine, Eusebius recounts the tumultuous history of the Church in all its tragedy and triumph.
Quoting from the early Church fathers, Josephus, and sacred scripture, Eusebius proceeds through the reigns of the various Roman emperors from the time of Christ down to his own time--a period of over 300 years. Among the most fascinating information included is the curious correspondence between Jesus himself and Abgar the Toparch of Edessa a city in western Asia Minor in which Jesus promises to send one of His disciples to cure Abgar after His ascension. Though of uncertain authenticity, the tale has been used in recent years to link the Holy Shroud of Turin to the Mandylion of Edessa.
Also of interest are the numerous persecution, miracle, heresy, and martyrdom narratives that are packed into this book. The recounting of the marytrdoms of St. Polycarp and St. Justin Martyr are particularly compelling.
In short, this book is a treasure house of information on the early Church and no serious student of Church history can neglect it. Note, however, that this book does not contain the famous story of Constantine's miraculous conversion--seeing a cross in the sky with the words, "Conquer by this." If I remember correctly, this incident is recounted separately in the "Vita Constantini" also written by Eusebius.
As for the Penguin translation, I am not qualified to comment. If you are in need of the original Greek, I recommend the edition from the Loeb Classical Library (vol. 265) also available here on Amazon.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Should Be Required Reading for Christians! May 26 2003
There is little for me to add to the fine reviews previously written here about Eusebius' "The History of the Church." By all means, take the time to read these reviews as they provide excellent tips on how to approach this genuine Christian classic.
Although I have been a Church history buff for over 30 years, I had never read Eusebius until recently. Now I would suggest that this volume (whichever translation you prefer) should be required reading for all thinking Christians. However, it would help to have read some other books on early Church history before approaching this one. One of my favorites is "Historical Road of Eastern Orthodoxy," by Alexander Schmemann.
I read Eusebius over a period of several months which caused me to ask various questions of the early Church along the way. Here are some things worth looking for:
1. What did the early Church look like? What did they believe and practice and how did they worship?
2. What role did heresy (or should I say "fighting heresy?") play in determining what was orthodox belief and what was not?
3. Would I be willing to suffer the same kind of persecution as did these early confessors and martyrs? How can I not be filled with lifelong gratitude for what they endured so that the Christian faith could survive and thrive?
4. What was the Church's relationship with the governing authorities? How did this change when Constantine came to power and issued the Edict of Milan (the full text is included in this book) which freed Christians from persecution?
5. Does the Church I attend, and the faith I believe, at all resemble what is represented on these pages?
By all means, read this book! Perhaps you'll agree that it should be required reading.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
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Published 3 months ago by Richard Armah
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have
Very informative. A must have for anyone seeking knowledge of the formation of the churches and the people of the time.
Published 4 months ago by Cindy Beck
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to read
If you want something to read about Christianity this book is it. Eusebius is a very interesting read since he lived at the beginning of Christianity.Easy to read!
Published 6 months ago by H. Epp
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! I needed to understand what 's happening to ...
Excellent! I needed to understand what 's happening to our world and I needed a starting point. Currently reading The History of Protestantism. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Lynette
4.0 out of 5 stars Not the best, but alright for an Arianizer.
Aside from the fact he was excommunicated for Arian sympathies shortly before Nicea and had some explaining away to do later on, his work is alright and because of him many... Read more
Published on Dec 10 2003 by Mel
4.0 out of 5 stars Good translation
Many translations are very dry reading. This one is very good. Easy to read and understand. Interestingly, many of the arguments going on in the church today were going on in... Read more
Published on July 25 2003 by D. E. W. Turner
5.0 out of 5 stars Most Important History of the Christian Church Since Acts
The Church had only been around for about 300 years when Eusebius wrote this history. He comes from a Christian perspective, and definitely picks sides throughout. Read more
Published on Aug. 7 2002 by Anno
4.0 out of 5 stars Brief Synopsis
Eusebius lived in the late third and early fourth centuries in Caesarea Palestine. His History of the Church chronicles the time from Christ to the victory of Constantine over... Read more
Published on Jan. 1 2002 by John
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book
This is a great book! It is full of precious gems regarding life in the early church. Catholics and Protestants alike will enjpy it since it provides an accurate account of what... Read more
Published on Aug. 14 2001 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars THE Early Church History
Whether you are Catholic, Orthodox, or Protestant (or not even a believer at all) if you are at all interested in the history of the Early Church, this volume is a must-read. Read more
Published on Oct. 25 2000 by David Zampino
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