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The Ecclesiastical History (John of Ephesus)


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The third, and only surviving part, of John of Ephesus’ Ecclesiastical History, this volume records the history of Eastern Church during a seventeen-year period during the second-half of the sixth century—AD 571 to AD 588. John of Ephesus was a contemporary of the events he describes: his proximity to the material (and the work’s narrow chronological scope) makes the Ecclesiastical History of great value to the historian. It documents Christian efforts to live and preach the gospel in in the earliest days of Islam’s rise in the Middle East, providing crucial documentation of early interactions between Christians and Muslims. Ecclesiastical History gives you the opportunity to gain a more complete and nuanced understanding of the relationship between the two religions, especially in their early exchanges.

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  • Presents a contemporary account of the church in the Middle East in the early modern era
  • Fills in a critical historical gap of the sixteenth-century
  • Provides documentation of and insight into, Christianity’s encounters with Islam
  • Title: The Third Part of the Ecclesiastical History of John Bishop of Ephesus
  • Author: John Bishop of Ephesus
  • Translator: R. Payne Smith
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication Date: 1860
  • Pages: 463

John of Ephesus (or of Asia) (c. 507 – c. 586) was a leader of the non-Chalcedonian Syriac-speaking Church in the sixth century, and one of the earliest and most important of historians who wrote in Syriac.


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    Christopher B


    I note that this volume is said to cover the period from AD571-588 and to include references to early interactions between Christians and Muslims. If so, I take it such references involve applying hindsight back to the period in question. Muhammad is not thought to have begun his ministry until AD610, 12 years before the Muslim calendar begins with the flight from Mecca to Medina.


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