Early Christian Historians and Historiography

William Adler

in The Oxford Handbook of Early Christian Studies

Published in print September 2008 | ISBN: 9780199271566
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Religion and Theology

 Early Christian Historians and Historiography

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A wealth of historical writing survives from the early church: ecclesiastical histories, memoirs, universal histories and chronicles, biographies, historical fiction, and accounts of the acts of martyrs. This article focuses on works that either illustrate basic trends in early Christian historiography or had a lasting impact on its development. It examines the work of Eusebius of Caesarea (260–340), focusing on Ecclesiastical History. Once Eusebius established the model for the writing of church history, numerous works of the same genre followed in its wake. The Ecclesiastical History, not the Life of Constantine, is the work that has earned Eusebius the title ‘father of Christian history’.

Keywords: early Christian historiography; Eusebius of Caesarea; Ecclesiastical History; Christian history; Life of Constantine

Article.  8694 words. 

Subjects: Religion ; Christianity ; Religious Studies

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