Church History

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the church history of eusebius.



Chapter I The Life of Eusebius.

Section 1. Sources and Literature

Section 2. Eusebius' Birth and Training. His Life in Cæsarea until the Outbreak of the Persecution.

Section 3. The Persecution of Diocletian.

Section 4. Eusebius' Accession to the Bishopric of Cæsarea.

Section 5. The Outbreak of the Arian Controversy. The Attitude of Eusebius.

Section 6. The Council of Nicæa.

Section 7. Continuance of the Arian Controversy. Eusebius' Relations to the Two Parties.

Section 8. Eusebius and Marcellus.

Section 9. The Death of Eusebius.

Chapter II The Writings of Eusebius.

Section 1. Eusebius as a Writer

Section 2. Catalogue of his Works.

Chapter III Eusebius' Church History.

Section 1. Date of its Composition

Section 2. The Author's Design.

Section 3. Eusebius as a Historian. The Merits and Defects of his History.

Section 4. Editions and Versions.

Section 5. Literature.

Testimonies of the Ancients in Favor of Eusebius.

Testimonies of the Ancients Against Eusebius.

The Church History of Eusebius. Book I.

Chapter I.--The Plan of the Work.

Chapter II.--Summary View of the Pre-existence and Divinity of Our Saviour and Lord Jesus Christ.

Chapter III.--The Name Jesus and also the Name Christ were known from the Beginning, and were honored by the Inspired Prophets.

Chapter IV.--The Religion Proclaimed by Him to All Nations Was Neither New Nor Strange.

Chapter V.--The Time of his Appearance among Men.

Chapter VI.--About the Time of Christ, in accordance with Prophecy, the Rulers who had governed the Jewish Nation in Regular Succession from the Days of Antiquity came to an End, and Herod, the First Foreigner, Became King.

Chapter VII.--The Alleged Discrepancy in the Gospels in regard to the Genealogy of Christ.

Chapter VIII.--The Cruelty of Herod toward the Infants, and the Manner of his Death.

Chapter IX.--The Times of Pilate.

Chapter X.--The High Priests of the Jews under whom Christ taught.

Chapter XI.--Testimonies in Regard to John the Baptist and Christ.

Chapter XII.--The Disciples of our Saviour.

Chapter XIII.--Narrative concerning the Prince of the Edessenes.

Book II.


Chapter I.--The Course pursued by the Apostles after the Ascension of Christ.

Chapter II.--How Tiberius was affected when informed by Pilate concerning Christ.

Chapter III.--The Doctrine of Christ soon spread throughout All the World.

Chapter IV.--After the Death of Tiberius, Caius appointed Agrippa King of the Jews, having punished Herod with Perpetual Exile.

Chapter V.--Philo's Embassy to Caius in Behalf of the Jews.

Chapter VI.--The Misfortunes which overwhelmed the Jews after their Presumption against Christ.

Chapter VII.--Pilate's Suicide.

Chapter VIII.--The Famine which took Place in the Reign of Claudius.

Chapter IX.--The Martyrdom of James the Apostle.

Chapter X.--Agrippa, who was also called Herod, having persecuted the Apostles, immediately experienced the Divine Vengeance.

Chapter XI.--The Impostor Theudas and his Followers.

Chapter XII.--Helen, the Queen of the Osrhoenians.

Chapter XIII.--Simon Magus.

Chapter XIV.--The Preaching of the Apostle Peter in Rome.

Chapter XV.--The Gospel according to Mark.

Chapter XVI.--Mark first proclaimed Christianity to the Inhabitants of Egypt.

Chapter XVII.--Philo's Account of the Ascetics of Egypt.

Chapter XVIII.--The Works of Philo that have come down to us.

Chapter XIX.--The Calamity which befell the Jews in Jerusalem on the Day of the Passover.

Chapter XX.--The Events which took Place in Jerusalem during the Reign of Nero.

Chapter XXI.--The Egyptian, who is mentioned also in the Acts of the Apostles.

Chapter XXII.--Paul having been sent bound from Judea to Rome, made his Defense, and was acquitted of every Charge.

Chapter XXIII.--The Martyrdom of James, who was called the Brother of the Lord.

Chapter XXIV.--Annianus the First Bishop of the Church of Alexandria after Mark.

Chapter XXV.--The Persecution under Nero in which Paul and Peter were honored at Rome with Martyrdom in Behalf of Religion.

Chapter XXVI.--The Jews, afflicted with Innumerable Evils, commenced the Last War Against the Romans.

Book III.

Chapter I.--The Parts of the World in which the Apostles preached

Chapter II.--The First Ruler of the Church of Rome.

Chapter III.--The Epistles of the Apostles.

Chapter IV.--The First Successors of the Apostles.

Chapter V.--The Last Siege of the Jews after Christ.

Chapter VI.--The Famine which oppressed them.

Chapter VII.--The Predictions of Christ.

Chapter VIII.--The Signs which preceded the War.

Chapter IX.--Josephus and the Works which he has left.

Chapter X.--The Manner in which Josephus mentions the Divine Books.

Chapter XI.--Symeon rules the Church of Jerusalem after James.

Chapter XII.--Vespasian commands the Descendants of David to be sought.

Chapter XIII.--Anencletus, the Second Bishop of Rome.

Chapter XIV.--Abilius, the Second Bishop of Alexandria.

Chapter XV.--Clement, the Third Bishop of Rome.

Chapter XVI.--The Epistle of Clement.

Chapter XVII.--The Persecution under Domitian.

Chapter XVIII.--The Apostle John and the Apocalypse.

Chapter XIX.--Domitian commands the Descendants of David to be slain.

Chapter XX.--The Relatives of our Saviour.

Chapter XXI.--Cerdon becomes the Third Ruler of the Church of Alexandria.

Chapter XXII.--Ignatius, the Second Bishop of Antioch.

Chapter XXIII.--Narrative Concerning John the Apostle.

Chapter XXIV.--The Order of the Gospels.

Chapter XXV.--The Divine Scriptures that are accepted and those that are not.

Chapter XXVI.--Menander the Sorcerer.

Chapter XXVII.--The Heresy of the Ebionites.

Chapter XXVIII.--Cerinthus the Heresiarch.

Chapter XXIX.--Nicolaus and the Sect named after him.

Chapter XXX.--The Apostles that were Married.

Chapter XXXI.--The Death of John and Philip.

Chapter XXXII.--Symeon, Bishop of Jerusalem, suffers Martyrdom.

Chapter XXXIII.--Trajan forbids the Christians to be sought after.

Chapter XXXIV.--Evarestus, the Fourth Bishop of the Church of Rome.

Chapter XXXV.--Justus, the Third Bishop of Jerusalem.

Chapter XXXVI.--Ignatius and His Epistles.

Chapter XXXVII.--The Evangelists that were still Eminent at that Time.

Chapter XXXVIII.--The Epistle of Clement and the Writings falsely ascribed to him.

Chapter XXXIX.--The Writings of Papias.

Book IV.

Chapter I.--The Bishops of Rome and of Alexandria during the Reign of

Chapter II.--The Calamities of the Jews during Trajan's Reign.

Chapter III.--The Apologists that wrote in Defense of the Faith during the Reign of Adrian.

Chapter IV.--The Bishops of Rome and of Alexandria under the Same Emperor.

Chapter V.--The Bishops of Jerusalem from the Age of our Saviour to the Period under Consideration

Chapter VI.--The Last Siege of the Jews under Adrian.

Chapter VII.--The Persons that became at that Time Leaders of Knowledge falsely so-called.

Chapter VIII.--Ecclesiastical Writers.

Chapter IX.--The Epistle of Adrian, decreeing that we should not be punished without a Trial.

Chapter X.--The Bishops of Rome and of Alexandria during the Reign of Antoninus.

Chapter XI.--The Heresiarchs of that Age.

Chapter XII.--The Apology of Justin addressed to Antoninus.

Chapter XIII.--The Epistle of Antoninus to the Common Assembly of Asia in Regard to our Doctrine.

Chapter XIV.--The Circumstances related of Polycarp, a Friend of the Apostles.

Chapter XV.--Under Verus, Polycarp with Others suffered Martyrdom at Smyrna.

Chapter XVI.--Justin the Philosopher preaches the Word of Christ in Rome and suffers Martyrdom.

Chapter XVII.--The Martyrs whom Justin mentions in his Own Work.

Chapter XVIII.--The Works of Justin which have come down to us.

Chapter XIX.--The Rulers of the Churches of Rome and Alexandria during the Reign of Verus.

Chapter XX.--The Rulers of the Church of Antioch.

Chapter XXI.--The Ecclesiastical Writers that flourished in Those Days.

Chapter XXII.--Hegesippus and the Events which he mentions.

Chapter XXIII.--Dionysius, Bishop of Corinth, and the Epistles which he wrote.

Chapter XXIV.--Theophilus Bishop of Antioch.

Chapter XXV.--Philip and Modestus.

Chapter XXVI.--Melito and the Circumstances which he records.

Chapter XXVII.--Apolinarius, Bishop of the Church of Hierapolis.

Chapter XXVIII.--Musanus and His Writings.

Chapter XXIX.--The Heresy of Tatian.

Chapter XXX.--Bardesanes the Syrian and his Extant Works.

Book V.


Chapter I.--The Number of those who fought for Religion in Gaul Under Verus and the Nature of their Conflicts.

Chapter II.--The Martyrs, beloved of God, kindly ministered unto those who fell in the Persecution.

Chapter III.--The Vision which appeared in a Dream to the Witness Attalus.

Chapter IV.--Irenæus commended by the Witnesses in a Letter.

Chapter V.--God sent Rain from Heaven for Marcus Aurelius Cæsar in Answer to the Prayers of our People.

Chapter VI.--Catalogue of the Bishops of Rome.

Chapter VII.--Even down to those Times Miracles were performed by the Faithful.

Chapter VIII.--The Statements of Irenæus in regard to the Divine Scriptures.

Chapter IX.--The Bishops under Commodus.

Chapter X.--Pantænus the Philosopher.

Chapter XI.--Clement of Alexandria.

Chapter XII.--The Bishops in Jerusalem.

Chapter XIII.--Rhodo and his Account of the Dissension of Marcion.

Chapter XIV.--The False Prophets of the Phrygians.

Chapter XV.--The Schism of Blastus at Rome.

Chapter XVI.--The Circumstances related of Montanus and his False Prophets.

Chapter XVII.--Miltiades and His Works.

Chapter XVIII.--The Manner in which Apollonius refuted the Phrygians, and the Persons whom he Mentions.

Chapter XIX.--Serapion on the Heresy of the Phrygians.

Chapter XX.--The Writings of Irenæus against the Schismatics at Rome.

Chapter XXI.--How Appolonius suffered Martyrdom at Rome.

Chapter XXII.--The Bishops that were well known at this Time.

Chapter XXIII.--The Question then agitated concerning the Passover.

Chapter XXIV.--The Disagreement in Asia.

Chapter XXV.--How All came to an Agreement respecting the Passover.

Chapter XXVI.--The Elegant Works of Irenæus which have come down to us.

Chapter XXVII.--The Works of Others that flourished at that Time.

Chapter XXVIII.--Those who first advanced the Heresy of Artemon; their Manner of Life, and how they dared to corrupt the Sacred Scriptures.

Book VI.

Chapter I.--The Persecution under Severus.

Chapter II.--The Training of Origen from Childhood.

Chapter III.--While still very Young, he taught diligently the Word of Christ.

Chapter IV.--The pupils of Origen that became Martyrs.

Chapter V.--Potamiæna.

Chapter VI.--Clement of Alexandria.

Chapter VII.--The Writer, Judas.

Chapter VIII.--Origen's Daring Deed.

Chapter IX.--The Miracles of Narcissus.

Chapter X.--The Bishops of Jerusalem.

Chapter XI.--Alexander.

Chapter XII.--Serapion and his Extant Works.

Chapter XIII.--The Writings of Clement.

Chapter XIV.--The Scriptures mentioned by Him.

Chapter XV.--Heraclas.

Chapter XVI.--Origen's Earnest Study of the Divine Scriptures.

Chapter XVII.--The Translator Symmachus.

Chapter XVIII.--Ambrose.

Chapter XIX.--Circumstances Related of Origen.

Chapter XX.--The Extant Works of the Writers of that Age.

Chapter XXI.--The Bishops that were well known at that Time.

Chapter XXII.--The Works of Hippolytus which have reached us.

Chapter XXIII.--Origen's Zeal and his Elevation to the Presbyterate.

Chapter XXIV.--The Commentaries which he prepared at Alexandria.

Chapter XXV.--His Review of the Canonical Scriptures.

Chapter XXVI.--Heraclas becomes Bishop of Alexandria.

Chapter XXVII.--How the Bishops regarded Origen.

Chapter XXVIII.--The Persecution under Maximinus.

Chapter XXIX.--Fabianus, who was wonderfully designated Bishop of Rome by God.

Chapter XXX.--The Pupils of Origen.

Chapter XXXI.--Africanus.

Chapter XXXII.--The Commentaries which Origen composed in Cæsarea in Palestine.

Chapter XXXIII.--The Error of Beryllus.

Chapter XXXIV.--Philip Cæsar.

Chapter XXXV.--Dionysius succeeds Heraclas in the Episcopate.

Chapter XXXVI.--Other Works of Origen.

Chapter XXXVII.--The Dissension of the Arabians.

Chapter XXXVIII.--The Heresy of the Elkesites.

Chapter XXXIX.--The Persecution under Decius, and the Sufferings of Origen.

Chapter XL.--The Events which happened to Dionysius.

Chapter XLI.--The Martyrs in Alexandria.

Chapter XLII.--Others of whom Dionysius gives an Account.

Chapter XLIII.--Novatus, his Manner of Life and his Heresy.

Chapter XLIV.--Dionysius' Account of Serapion.

Chapter XLV.--An Epistle of Dionysius to Novatus.

Chapter XLVI.--Other Epistles of Dionysius.

Book VII.


Chapter I.--The Wickedness of Decius and Gallus.

Chapter II.--The Bishops of Rome in those Times.

Chapter III.--Cyprian, and the Bishops with him, first taught that it was necessary to purify by Baptism those converted from Heresy.

Chapter IV.--The Epistles which Dionysius wrote on this Subject.

Chapter V.--The Peace following the Persecution.

Chapter VI.--The Heresy of Sabellius.

Chapter VII.--The Abominable Error of the Heretics; the Divine Vision of Dionysius; and the Ecclesiastical Canon which he received.

Chapter VIII.--The Heterodoxy of Novatus.

Chapter IX.--The Ungodly Baptism of the Heretics.

Chapter X.--Valerian and the Persecution under him.

Chapter XI.--The Events which happened at this Time to Dionysius and those in Egypt.

Chapter XII.--The Martyrs in Cæsarea in Palestine.

Chapter XIII.--The Peace under Gallienus.

Chapter XIV.--The Bishops that flourished at that Time.

Chapter XV.--The Martyrdom of Marinus at Cæsarea.

Chapter XVI.--Story in Regard to Astyrius.

Chapter XVII.--The Signs at Paneas of the Great Might of our Saviour.

Chapter XVIII.--The Statue which the Woman with an Issue of Blood erected.

Chapter XIX.--The Episcopal Chair of James.

Chapter XX.--The Festal Epistles of Dionysius, in which he also gives a Paschal Canon.

Chapter XXI.--The Occurrences at Alexandria.

Chapter XXII.--The Pestilence which came upon them.

Chapter XXIII.--The Reign of Gallienus.

Chapter XXIV.--Nepos and his Schism.

Chapter XXV.--The Apocalypse of John.


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