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The Media Revolution of Early Christianity: An Essay on Eusebius's "Ecclesiastical History"
This study by respected historian Doron Mendels attempts to understand the literary genre of Eusebius's The Ecclesiastical History, by situating it in the broader context of ancient historiography and by applying the analytical tools of modern media studies.What type of history writing does The Ecclesiastical History represent? Were Eusebius's aims and methods the same as ...more
Paperback, 270 pages
Published July 1st 1999 by William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
(first published June 30th 1999)
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Overall, this book is very informative and challenging in its attempt to systematically portray Eusebius' church history as a literary work much like (modern?) unbalanced media portrayals. The constant emphasis upon martyrdom is extremely insightful, but I think the thesis as a whole fails miserably in one aspect, namely, the lack of biblical import which permeates Eusebius' works. If one studies his Preparation & Proof of the Gospel alongside his Ecclesiastical History, I think those volumi ...more