Eusebius of Caesarea

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Eusebius of Caesarea (260-340) was a Bishop of Caesarea Maritima, a Church historian, exegete, a scholar of the biblical canon and is regarded as one of the most learned Christians of his time. He produced the Ecclesiastical History, which is a chronological account of the development of Early Christianity from the 1st century to the 4th century.

Extant Writings:

  • Ecclesiastical History 

Quotes & Excerpts:

“At that time (150 A.D.) there flourished in the Church Hegesippus, whom we know from what has gone before, and Dionysius, bishop of Corinth, and another bishop, Pinytus of Crete, and besides these, Philip, and Apollinarius, and Melito, and Musanus, and Modestus, and, finally, Irenaeus, Bishop of Lyons. From them has come down to us in writing, the sound and orthodox faith received from tradition.”  –Ecclesiastical History 4:21 (Written 312 A. D.)

“When Vespasian had ruled for ten years, his son Titus succeeded him as emperor. In the second year of Titus reign, Linus, Bishop of Rome, having held the office for twelve years, handed it on to Anicletus. . .(Pope) Clement of Rome succeeded Anicletus.” – Eusebius Ecclesiastical History’ 3:13 (Written in 312 A.D.)

“They did not care about circumcision and neither do we. They did not care about observing Sabbaths, nor do we. They did not avoid certain kinds of food, neither did they regard the other distinctions which Moses first delivered to their posterity to be observed as symbols; nor do Christians of the present day do such things.” -Church History 1:4:8 (Written 312 A.D.)

“The day of Christ’s light.. was the day of His resurrection from the dead, which they say is the one and only truly holy day and the Lord’s day, and is better than any number of days as we ordinarily understand them, better than the days set apart by the Mosaic law for feasts, new moons, and Sabbaths, which the apostle Paul teaches are the shadow of days and not days in reality.” -Proof of the Gospel 4:16:186 (Written 319 A.D.)

“After the martyrdom of Paul and Peter, Linus was the first appointed to the episcopacy of the Church at Rome. Paul, writing from Rome to Timothy, mentions Linus in the salutation at the end of the Epistle (2Tim 4:21.)” -Ecclesiastical History 3:2 (Written in 312 A.D.)

“In the second year of the two hundredth and fifth Olympiad, The apostle Peter, after he had established the church in Antioch, is sent to Rome, where he remains as a bishop of that city, preaching the gospel for twenty-five years.” – The Chronicle (Written 303 A.D.)

“Paul testifies that Crescens was sent to Gaul (2 Tim. 4:10), but Linus, whom he mentions in the Second Epistle to Timothy as his companion at Rome, (2 Tim. 4:21) was Peter’s successor in the episcopate of the church there, as has already been shown. Clement also, who was appointed third bishop of the church at Rome, was, as Paul testifies, his co-laborer and fellow-soldier (Phil. 4:3).” -Church History 3:4:9-10 (Written 312 A.D.)

“The holy Apostles and disciples of the Savior were scattered throughout the whole world.  Thomas, as tradition holds, received Parthia (modern Iran) by lot. Andrew, Scythia (Eurasia). John, Asia (Turkey), busying himself among the people there until he died at Ephesus. Peter preached to the Jews of the diaspora in Pontus and Galatia… and at last, having come to Rome, he was crucified head downwards, which he himself thought was fitting to suffer. Is it necessary to say anything of Paul, who. . in the time of Nero was martyred in Rome?” -Ecclesiastical History 3:1:1 (Written in 312 A.D.)