Eusebius of Caesarea

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Eusebius of Caesarea
Bishop, Historian, Theologian

Eusebius of Caesarea

(yo͞osē`bēəs, sĕzərē`ə) or

Eusebius Pamphili

(păm`fĭlī), c.263–339?, Greek apologist and church historian, b. Palestine. He was bishop of Caesarea, Palestine (314?–339). In the controversy over ArianismArianism
, Christian heresy founded by Arius in the 4th cent. It was one of the most widespread and divisive heresies in the history of Christianity. As a priest in Alexandria, Arius taught (c.
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, Eusebius favored the semi-Arian views of Eusebius of Nicomedia, and he once gave refuge to Arius. A simple baptismal creed submitted by Eusebius at the First Council of Nicaea (325) formed the basis of what became known as the Nicean Creed; it was amended with the Greek word homoousios [consubstantial, of the same substance] to define the Son's relationship with the Father. Eusebius considered this addition to the creed as reflecting the ideas of SabelliusSabellius,
fl. 215, Christian priest and theologian, b. probably Libya or Egypt. He went to Rome, became the leader of those who accepted the doctrine of modalistic monarchianism, and was excommunicated by Pope St. Calixtus I in 220.
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, which he opposed. Although he signed the formulary, he later did not support it. His works include a universal history entitled the Chronicle, the Ecclesiastical History, and the apologetic works Praeparatio Evangelica and Demonstratio Evangelica.

Eusebius of Caesarea


(Eusebius Pamphili). Born between 260 and 265 in Caesarea; died in 338 or 339. Roman church writer and historian.

Eusebius, bishop of Caesarea from the year 311, sought to apply the attainments of ancient learning in the interests of the Christian church. His Church History, which recounts events from the origin of Christianity to 324, contains, along with valuable information, many fanciful traditions. He is also the author of the panegyrical Life ofConstantine, which extols the union of church and state. The authenticity of the extant text of the Life is still under discussion in the literature on the subject.


Kirchengeschichte, 5th ed. Berlin-Leipzig, 1952.
Werke, vols. 1-8. Berlin, 1954.
In Russian translation:
Sochineniia, 2nd ed., vols. 1-2. St. Petersburg, 1850-58.


Wallace-Hadrill, D. Eusebius of Caesarea. Westminster, 1961.
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19) For instance, early in the controversy he, Paulinus of Tyre, and Eusebius of Caesarea supported Arius's attempts to worship with likeminded Christians apart from the bishop of Alexandria.
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s account is Eusebius of Caesarea for his scholarly and graded treatment (in Ecclesiastical History) of the writings that constitute Scripture.
Universal history, as the term is generally understood, is widely agreed to have been first written by Ephorus amidst the growth of the Macedonian Empire of Philip and it flourished within the oikoumene of the Hellenistic kingdoms and the Roman Empire, but only became truly universal in chronological and geographical coverage with Christian historiography in the second and third centuries, reaching its apogee in the early fourth century with the Chronici canones of Eusebius of Caesarea, who began his chronology with the creation of the world and his regnal lists in 2016 BC, and who not only recounted the events of Greek, Roman, and Jewish history and pre-history side by side, but provided parallel regnal lists for Assyrian and Persian kings, and Egyptian pharaohs, for instance, as well.
Agreeing with the virtually unanimous modern consensus that the work is not by Athanasius, he not only takes up and confirms John Henry Newman's suggestion in his 1844 translation of the Orations, that Photinus of Sirmium was a major target of the treatise alongside Marcellus, but also makes a very persuasive case for including Asterius of Cappadocia and Eusebius of Caesarea as the other main opponents, hence his title.
in the figure of Eusebius of Caesarea, perceive Greek and Roman religious beliefs and cults as superstition.
Thus we are given nice reflective pieces on Eusebius of Caesarea, Bede, the Centuriators of Magdeburg, Baronius, Harnack, and others.
Wallace-Hadrill, `The Eusebian Chronicle: The Extent and Date of Composition of its Early Editions', JTS 6 (1955), 248-53 (repeated in his Eusebius of Caesarea (London, 1960), 43) and Karst (cit.
In the works of Eusebius of Caesarea (an admirer of Origen who lived during Constantine's conversion to Christianity) we witness the crucial role played by demonology in the articulation of an imperialist Christian theology that claims to supersede both Jewish particularism and pagan superstition.
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380 of the Chronici Canones of Eusebius of Caesarea is of little assistance here, even though he also used the lost Kaisergeschichte as his principal source for this period.