Eusebius of Caesareas Commentary on Isaiah: Christian Exegesis in the Age of Constantine by Michael J. HollerichEusebius of Caesareas Commentary on Isaiah: Christian Exegesis in the Age of Constantine by Michael J. Hollerich

Eusebius of Caesareas Commentary on Isaiah: Christian Exegesis in the Age of Constantine

byMichael J. Hollerich

Hardcover | January 1, 1999

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Eusebius of Caesarea (d. 339), bishop, church historian, and biographer of Constantine, is the major Christian witness to the Constantinian settlement. Despite his importance, his biblical exegesis has not received the attention it deserved. His Commentary on Isaiah, rediscovered in nearlycomplete form only this century, was written shortly after the Council of Nicaea in 325 and the unification of the empire under Constantine. It is thus an important witness to Eusebius' thinking on the Bible, the church, and the empire at a critical moment in his life and in the history ofChristianity. The present book is the first comprehensive assessment of the commentary's methods and ideas. It examines how the new situation influenced Eusebius' reading of Isaiah, especially as revealed in his treatment of Judaism and Jewish exegesis. It also proposes that the commentary'sfocus on the `godly polity', meaning above all the church and its clergy, is a valuable corrective to interpretations of Eusebius' theology based too exclusively on the Constantinian literature.
Michael J. Hollerich is an Assistant Professor, Department of Theology at University of St Thomas.
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Title:Eusebius of Caesareas Commentary on Isaiah: Christian Exegesis in the Age of ConstantineFormat:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 8.5 × 5.35 × 0.75 inPublished:January 1, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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