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The Prehistory of the Godly Polity: Eusebius’ Assessment of Judaism in the Commentary on Isaiah

MICHAEL J. HOLLERICH

in Eusebius of Caesarea’s Commentary on Isaiah

Published in print March 1999 | ISBN: 9780198263685
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191682636 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198263685.003.0005

Series: Oxford Early Christian Studies

The Prehistory of the Godly Polity: Eusebius’ Assessment of Judaism in the Commentary on Isaiah

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This chapter considers the prehistory of the godly polity and the status of Judaism. The first section explores Eusebius' attitude to Judaism. In the Commentary on Isaiah, Christianity is repeatedly described as the evangelical law, the divine law, and the new law. The most fundamental elements of Eusebius' view of Judaism go back to the New Testament and present common Christian tradition, such as the election of Israel and the doctrine of the faithful remnant. The second section presents the histories of Israel and salvation. Eusebius saw the post-exilic period as a time of great peace and prosperity for the Jewish people, when the twin monuments of city and temple were rebuilt and remained secure against attack until the Maccabean period. The third section discusses the privileges of the godly polity.

Keywords: Judaism; Israel; salvation; divine law; godly polity; Jews

Chapter.  14789 words. 

Subjects: Early Christianity

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