Preparation for the Gospel (Greek: Εὐαγγελικὴ προπαρασκευή), commonly known by its Latin title Praeparatio evangelica, was a work of Christian apologetics written by Eusebius in the. : Eusebius of Caesarea: Praeparatio Evangelica (The Preparation of the Gospel) eBook: Eusebius of Caesarea: Kindle Store. Eusebius’ Praeparatio Evangelica is a masterful work that deﬁes easy categorization. Written between and , soon after Eusebius had become bishop of.
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Christianity is seen as a new nation ethnos — and at the same time a restoration of the oldest nation, that of the Hebrews — and is distinguished from the other nations of the Greeks, Phoenicians, Egyptians, Jews, and Romans who are all shown to possess inferior ethnic identities.
Ethnicity and Argument in Eusebius’ Praeparatio Evangelica
Yet none of these My plagues shall touch the king, Until he see his first-born son lie dead: How too can it be reasonable to proclaim as god the kinsman and brother of fire, and air, and water, products of senseless and perishing matter? And these statements may be confirmed by the testimony of Diodorus, which I shall quote from the first Book of the Bibliotheca compiled by him, and which is word for word as follows:.
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There Uranus was deified: And they dwelt in the city Madiam, which was called from one of the sons of Abraham. For as among madmen some do not fear even things that should be feared, and others fear what is not at all fearful; Now Semiramis is shown to have been full eight hundred years before the Trojan war.
These, says he, discovered fire from rubbing pieces of wood together, and taught the use of it. Or likenesses of men and women, and shapes of brute animals and wild beasts? Fvangelica edsPhilosophia Togata II. Now much labour has been spent upon these subjects by numberless other professors of philosophy, who have made different subtle explanations of the same, and strongly insist that the opinion which occurred to each was the exact truth.
Ethnicity and Argument in Eusebius’ Praeparatio Evangelica – Oxford Scholarship
Praeparatoo the extant portions of the General Elementary IntroductionEusebius follows the method of quoting from select passages of Scripture and then offering brief comments, sometimes of only a line or so, on the importance of the passage in light of the incarnation and establishment of the Church. For this was what those who had praeparatuo the truth ought to do, and not to degrade and debase the venerable name of God into foul and lustful fables of things unspeakable; nor yet to shut themselves up in cells and dark recesses and buildings made by man, as if they would find God inside; nor to think that praepqratio are worshipping the Divine powers in statues made of lifeless matter, nor to suppose that by vapours of gore and filth euwebius from the earth, and by the blood of slain animals they are doing things pleasing to God.
Now Moses is proved to have been older than evange,ica these, as having been in the prime of life at the time of Cecrops. But he is said to have received the records from others older in time than himself: Again, a man sails forth on an uncertain voyage, without having cast out any other anchor of safety for himself than faith and good hope alone: See Josephus, Contra Apionem 1. False they would not say; for they would not willingly convict themselves of the great folly of recording falsehoods; but they would of necessity confess that they are true.
After Solomon Soboam reigns seventeen years: But now the signs of heaven’s own wrath began, A dread and wondrous sight.
Accordingly, the first theologians among the Phoenicians, as we showed in the first Book, related that Zeus the son of Kronos, mortal son of mortal father, evangelcia a Phoenician by race: The long life of the ancients mentioned by many authors, from Josephus, Antiquities. Or what good can prapearatio reasonably hope for, who have set themselves at enmity and at war against their preservers, and have thrust away their benefactors? Then the priest first says a prayer over the food, evqngelica being pure and clean, and it is unlawful for any to taste the food before the prayer.
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Nicolaus also of Damascus gives an account of them in his ninety-sixth book, speaking thus: Also he made the bases of the laver, twelve in number, molten and chased, and of the height of a man, and set them at the hinder side beneath the laver, on the right side of the altar. And he took the Tabernacle, and the altar, and the vessels which Moses made, and brought them to Jerusalem, and put them in the house.
Publications Pages Publications Pages. And while they assert that they have had experience of these things, they have thoroughly persuaded themselves that they are doing rightly in their own devotion to the gods, and that we are guilty of the greatest impiety in not honouring the powers that are so manifest and so beneficent with the services that are due to them.
To one then who has secured friendship with Him what more can be wanting? And Ptolemy, not the king but a priest of Mendes, the translator of their writings, in narrating the actions of their kings says that the journey of the Jews from Egypt to whatever places they chose, under the leadership of Moses, took place in the time of Amosis king of Egypt.
Or those of fire, and air, and earth, and water?
For the one course would be injudicious, because it would not be accepted by you; but the other, if proved, would be admirable, if at any time by opposing you with your own weapons I praearatio bring against you proofs beyond suspicion. The earth, he says, has arisen from the dense air having settled down. But neither the footstool, nor yet the throne, is the body of Him that is seated there, nor could ever be called parts of Him. And he led his son up to the mountain, and heaped up a pyre, and set Isaac praeparaio but when about to slay him he was forbidden by an Angel, who provided him with a ram for the offering: