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The Evangelical Preparation, in fifteen books, is allowed on all hands to be a work of vast erudition. Like the Ecclesiastical History, it is eminently valuable on account of its containing large and important fragments of the works of ancient authors which have long since perished; as also extracts from those which still remain, and which are lasting proofs of their being genuine. It is astonishing to see the prodigious number of heathen philosophers, historians, and theologians, whose opinions he has crowded together, and with what address he sets every man's sword against his fellow, till…mehr

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The Evangelical Preparation, in fifteen books, is allowed on all hands to be a work of vast erudition. Like the Ecclesiastical History, it is eminently valuable on account of its containing large and important fragments of the works of ancient authors which have long since perished; as also extracts from those which still remain, and which are lasting proofs of their being genuine. It is astonishing to see the prodigious number of heathen philosophers, historians, and theologians, whose opinions he has crowded together, and with what address he sets every man's sword against his fellow, till they mutually destroy each other. The grand object of the work, is to prove that the heathens had nothing excellent but what they borrowed from the Jewish writings, and that the Christians had acted the most rational. from Critica Biblica, Or, Depository of Sacred Literature Comprising Remarks on The Sacred Scriptures
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Eusebius of Caesarea (260/265 - 339/340 AD), also known as Eusebius Pamphili, was a historian of Christianity, exegete, and Christian polemicist. He became the bishop of Caesarea Maritima about 314 AD. Together with Pamphilus, he was a scholar of the Biblical canon and is regarded as one of the most learned Christians of his time. He wrote Demonstrations of the Gospel, Preparations for the Gospel, and On Discrepancies between the Gospels, studies of the Biblical text. As "Father of Church History" (not to be confused with the title of Church Father), he produced the Ecclesiastical History, On the Life of Pamphilus, the Chronicle and On the Martyrs. He also produced a biographical work on the first Christian Emperor, Constantine the Great, who ruled between 306 and 337 AD. Although Eusebius' works are regarded as giving insight into the history of the early church, he was not without prejudice, especially in regard to the Jews, for while "Eusebius indeed blames the Jews for the crucifixion of Jesus, but he nevertheless also states that forgiveness can be granted even for this sin and that the Jews can receive salvation." Nor can his works be trusted to be from subjectivism, for some scholars believe that "Eusebius is a notoriously unreliable historian, and so anything he reports should be critically scrutinized." This is especially true of his 'Life of Constantine', which he wrote as an eulogy shortly after the emperor's death in 337 A.D, and which is "Often maligned for perceived factual errors, deemed by some so hopelessly flawed that it cannot be the work of Eusebius at all." Yet others see him as a "Constantinian flunky," for as a trusted adviser to Constantine, it was politically expedient for him to present Constantine in the best light as possible.