Eusebius’ Political Discourse: Defining the Godly Polity


in Eusebius of Caesarea’s Commentary on Isaiah

Published in print March 1999 | ISBN: 9780198263685
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191682636 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Early Christian Studies

Eusebius’ Political Discourse: Defining the Godly Polity

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This chapter explains what Eusebius means in his works when he calls Christianity ‘the godly polity’. In order to examine the sense of words like politea and politeuma, it looks into how certain words derived from the polis acquired a range of meanings in the Hellenestic and Roman periods much broader than their original meanings in the classical Greek polis. This chapter surveys Graeco–Roman and Jewish sources before turning to Christian literature. It then examines Eusebius' own works.

Keywords: Graeco–Roman sources; New Testament; Christian literature; politea; politeuma; The Proof of the Gospel; godly polity

Chapter.  12098 words. 

Subjects: Early Christianity

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