Explore the developments of early Christianity with this collection of histories. Eusebius, now considered the “Father of Church History,” and other pioneering historians—including Socrates, Sozomen, Theodoretus, and Evagrius—chronicle the history of Christianity from the time of the Apostles to AD 594, offering an overview of Christianity through the sixth century. These six books are a conglomeration of some of the most historically important documents from that era.
Written over the course of two generations, these fascinating volumes vary significantly in methodology, style, and tone, but each continues to provide valuable insight into this significant time in Christian history. Perfect for historians, theologians, and students, The Greek Ecclesiastical Historians of the First Six Centuries of the Christian Era is a valuable wealth of information on early Christian history.
Offers an overview of Christianity’s history through AD 594
Includes indexes and author biographies
Provides insight into the growth of the Christian church
Title: The Greek Ecclesiastical Historians of the First Six Centuries of the Christian Era (6 vols.)
An homage written shortly after Constantine’s death, this detailed panegyric is the only substantial record we have of Constantine the Great written during that era. A controversial figure, Constantine was the first Roman emperor to espouse Christianity. This biographical account is the only written source of Constantine’s life altering vision of a floating cross with the inscription “Conquer by this.”
An Ecclesiastical History to the 20th Year of the Reign of Constantine
Divided into ten parts, this is a detailed accounting of the history of the Church from the incarnation of Christ to the year 324. A rich chronicle of writers, bishops, heretics, martyrs, persecutions, and more, this collection of anecdotes is an invaluable historical trove.
A continuation of Eusebius’s work, Socrates recounts the history of the Church from the rule of Constantine to the year 439 in seven parts. Thought to be an even treatment of the Church, this understated and simple history differs from Eusebius’s work as it also gives a secular account of history as well.
Covering the history of the Church from the rule of Constantine to the year 439, Sozomen presents another characterization of this time in history—providing historians and theologians with corroboration of many of the depicted people and events. Discussion of monastic communities in Sozeman’s books has proven to be exceptional, as is his work on early missionary activities.
These five books also cover the years 322–427, though not in chronological order. Presenting yet another vantage point from which to study this rich history Christianity, these books also include numerous letters.
A continuation of the work of Eusebius, Socrates, Sozomen, and Theodoretus, Evagrius’s important work historicizes the Nestorian and Monophysite controversies of the fifth and sixth centuries, as well as providing an absorbing commentary on the many subjects he documents.