Ethnicity and Argument in Eusebius Praeparatio Evangelica

Hardcover | October 12, 2006

byAaron P. Johnson

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Eusebius' magisterial Praeparatio Evangelica (written sometime between AD 313 and 324) offers an apologetic defence of Christianity in the face of Greek accusations of irrationality and impiety. Though brimming with the quotations of other (often lost) Greek authors, the work is dominated bya clear and sustained argument. Against the tendency to see the Praeparatio as merely an anthology of other sources or a defence of monotheistic religion against paganism, Aaron P. Johnson seeks to appreciate Eusebius' contribution to the discourses of Christian identity by investigating theconstructions of ethnic identity (especially Greek) at the heart of his work. Analysis of his `ethnic argumentation' exhibits a method of defending Christianity by construing its opponents as historically rooted nations, whose place in the narrative of world history serves to undermine thelegitimacy of their claims to ancient wisdom and piety.

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Eusebius' magisterial Praeparatio Evangelica (written sometime between AD 313 and 324) offers an apologetic defence of Christianity in the face of Greek accusations of irrationality and impiety. Though brimming with the quotations of other (often lost) Greek authors, the work is dominated bya clear and sustained argument. Against th...

Aaron P. Johnson is Lecturer in Classics, Loyola University, Chicago

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.79 inPublished:October 12, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199296138

ISBN - 13:9780199296132

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1. Discourses of ethnicity and early Christian apologetics: an introduction2. The language of `ethnicity'3. Relocating Greekness: the narrative of Greek descent4. Rewriting Hebrew history: the descent of the ancient Hebrews5. Greek descent revisited6. Rome among the nations: Eusebius' Pareparatio and the unmaking of Greek political theology7. The Church as apologetic: Eusebius' legitimation of Christianity