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The History of the Church: From Christ to Constantine

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 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.

INTRODUCTION

Chapter 1. THE NATURE AND WORK OF CHRIST: HIS CONTEMPORARIES: HIS CHOICE OF FOLLOWERS: CORRESPONDENCE WITH ABGAR

Chapter 2. TIBERIUS TO NERO: THE WORK OF THE APOSTLES FROM THE CHOICE OF MATTHIAS TO THE DEATHS OF PAUL AND PETER

Chapter 3. VESPASIAN TO TRAJAN: THE DISTRIBUTION AND WRITINGS OF THE APOSTLES AND THEIR SUCCESSORS: ENEMIES WITHIN THE CHURCH: PERSECUTIONS

Chapter 4. TRAJAN TO MARCUS AURELIUS: THE SUCCESSION OF BISHOPS: THEIR WRITINGS AND MARTYRDOMS

Chapter 5. MARCUS AURELIUS TO SEVERUS: THE SUCCESSION OF BISHOPS: THEIR REPUTATION OF MARCION AND MONTANUS: THEIR SETTLEMENT OF THE DATE OF THE EASTER FESTIVAL

Chapter 6. SEVERUS TO DECIUS: THE WORK OF ORIGEN AND HIS CONTEMPORARIES: WIDESPREAD PERSECUTION

Chapter 7. GALLUS TO GALLIENUS: THE WORK OF CYPRIAN AND DIONYSIUS: THE HERESIES OF SABELLIUS, NOVATUS, NEPOS, PAUL, AND THE MANICHEES

Chapter 8. DIOCLETIAN TO MAXIMIAN: PERSECUTIONS: THE IMPERIAL RECANTATION

Chapter 9. MAXIMIN’S RENEWED ATTACKS ON THE CHURCH: THE END OF PERSECUTION

Chapter 10. PEACE AND RECOVERY OF THE CHURCH: VICTORY OF CONSTANTINE

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WHO’S WHO IN EUSEBIUS

APPENDICES: EMPERORS AND BISHOPS - ROMAN ADMINISTRATION - THE CALENDAR - CURRENCY AND OTHER MEASURES - LATIN TERMS USED BY EUSEBIUS