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Preparation for the Gospel

Author: Eusebius, of Caesarea Bishop of Caesarea; Edwin Hamilton Gifford
Publisher: Eugene, Or. : Wipf and Stock, 2002.
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Eusebius purposed in Preparation for the Gospel to provide "brief" answers to "the questions which may reasonably be put of us both by Greeks and by those of the Circumcision, and by every one who searches with exact inquiry into the opinions held among us." The questions boiled down to two for the Hellenists: Why had Christians abandoned the ancestral religion of the Greeks? and Why had they accepted the foreign  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Early works
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Eusebius, of Caesarea, Bishop of Caesarea, approximately 260-approximately 340.
Preparation for the Gospel.
Eugene, Or. : Wipf and Stock, 2002
(OCoLC)768078417
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Eusebius, of Caesarea Bishop of Caesarea; Edwin Hamilton Gifford
ISBN: 1592440517 9781592440511
OCLC Number: 51250027
Notes: "Previously published by Clarendon Press, 1903."
Description: 2 volumes (xxx, 948 pages) ; 21 cm
Contents: v. 1. Books 1-9 --
v. 2. Books 10-15.
Other Titles: De evangelica praeperatione.
Responsibility: Eusebius ; translated by Edwin Hamilton Gifford.

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Eusebius purposed in Preparation for the Gospel to provide "brief" answers to "the questions which may reasonably be put of us both by Greeks and by those of the Circumcision, and by every one who searches with exact inquiry into the opinions held among us." The questions boiled down to two for the Hellenists: Why had Christians abandoned the ancestral religion of the Greeks? and Why had they accepted the foreign doctrines of barbarians (the Jews)? ... It begins with a discussion of the myths of pagan theology and their allegorical interpretation. Then Eusebius describes the chief oracles of paganism, its worship of demons, and the opinions of Greek philosophers on fate and free will. Next he cites the testimony of various authors to the excellency and historical accuracy of the Old Testament. Finally he argues that the Greeks, and especially Plato, borrowed from the older theology of the Jews, and he reveals how Greek philosophers contradicted one another. -- Book Cover

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