Preparation for the Gospel (Greek: Εὐαγγελικὴ προπαρασκευή), commonly known by its Latin title Praeparatio evangelica, was a work of Christian apologetics written by Eusebius in the. : Eusebius of Caesarea: Praeparatio Evangelica (The Preparation of the Gospel) eBook: Eusebius of Caesarea: Kindle Store. Eusebius’ Praeparatio Evangelica is a masterful work that defies easy categorization. Written between and , soon after Eusebius had become bishop of.

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Indeed the Greeks themselves confess that it was after Orpheus, Linus, and Musaeus, the most ancient of all their theologians and the first to introduce among them the error of polytheism, that their seven men whom they surnamed Sages were celebrated for wisdom. Hear, however, ebangelica Porphyry records concerning these same gods in his Epistle to Anebo the Egyptian.

Such are his interpretations of the Greek mythology: And I believe that this indication will assist me in the demonstration of the object which I have proposed; inasmuch as my proposal is to pareparatio the plea, that we have not unreasonably preferred the theology of the Hebrews, and that of the Barbarians, as they would call it, to the philosophy of the Greeks.

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But some say that the Syrians were the first who devised letters. Then, as if he had forgotten his rendering, he forthwith tacks on a different story, and no longer uses the name Hera as before, but calls the earth by her name, and gives the name Leto to oblivion and night. BUT Hecataeus of Abdera, who was both a philosopher and very competent in active life, devoted a special book to the history of the Jews, and gives very many details concerning them, from which it will for the present suffice to quote the following:.

But if they shall assert that they deify not the visible bodies of sun and moon and stars, nor yet the sensible parts of the world, but the powers, invisible in them, of the very God who is over allfor they say that God being One fills all things with various powers, and pervades all, and rules over all, but as existing in all and pervading all in an incorporeal and invisible manner.

That the Church, which was afterwards gathered by his own power out of all nations, though not yet seen nor established in the times when he was living evzngelica man among men, should be invincible and undismayed, and should never be conquered by death, but stand and abide unshaken, settled and rooted upon his own power as upon a rock that cannot be shaken or broken.

How huge, how fierce! prarparatio

In what other way then can it appear that we have done well in forsaking the customs of our forefathers, except by first setting them forth publicly and bringing them under the view of our readers?

In pity spare Thou me.

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And when furious rains and winds occurred, the trees in Tyre were rubbed against each other and caught fire, and burnt down the wood that was there. But after ninety-four years, as some say, came Prometheus, who was said in the legend to form men; for being a wise man he tried to reform them out of their ehsebius uncouthness into an educated condition. About the letters of the alphabet I have said enough: That, not unreasonably, praparatio have preferred the theology of the Hebrews to the Greek philosophy.

And to what kind of punishments would they not justly be subjected, who deserting the customs of their forefathers have become zealots for the foreign mythologies of the Jews, which are of evil report among all men? When the theologians had explained the nature of god in this manner, to make an image such as their description indicated was neither possible, nor, if any one thought of it, could he show the look of life, and intelligence, and forethought by the figure of a sphere.


So wrote the author before mentioned, bearing witness at once to the truthfulness and antiquity of the so-called theologian. There have been among them three authors, Theodotus, Hypsicrates, Mochus. For if they do not keep their hands off even from one another, it is not likely that they will from our writers. Therefore, you have in addition to the mythical theology that of a more physical character common to Greeks and Egyptians, who devised of old the superstition of polytheism; and you have learnt that among them nothing at all was known of the truly divine, incorporeal, and intelligent natures.

For discussion, see Ulrich, She saw the babe, and straightway took it up, And knew its Hebrew praepaaratio. The very first indeed to deprecate deceitful and sophistical plausibilities, and to use proofs free from ambiguity, was the holy Apostle Paul, who says in one place, ‘And our speech and our preaching was not in persuasive words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power.

Let each man’s eating for the lamb make count; And when the victim has been duly slain, Take a full bunch of hyssop in your hand, Dipped in the sacred blood, and therewith strike The posts and upper lintel of rvangelica door; That death may pass o’er every Hebrew’s house. You may judge that not without sound reason have we given a secondary place evangeica the doctrines of the Greek philosophy, and preferred the theology of the Hebrews, when you learn that even among the Greeks themselves those who have most of all treated philosophy correctly, and thought out something more and better than the vulgar talk about the gods, have discovered no other true doctrines than those which had received a previous sanction among the Hebrews.

Again, a man sails forth on an uncertain voyage, without having cast out any other anchor of safety for himself than faith and good hope alone: Now Plato lived about the end of eusebkus Persian monarchy, a little earlier than Alexander of Macedon, and not much more than four hundred years before the Emperor Augustus.

More The task of the early Christian apologists was evangelicw one of constructing, maintaining, and manipulating the identities of Christianity and its rivals — Greeks, Jews, Romans, and others.

And on this account her statue is crowned with ears of corn, and poppies are set round her as a symbol of productiveness. Now the historian of this subject is Sanchuniathon, an author of great antiquity, and older, as they say, than the Trojan times, one whom they testify to have been approved for the accuracy and truth of his Phoenician History.

And from having the face of a ram and the horns of a goat he indicates the conjunction of sun and moon in the sign of the Ram, while the colour of blue indicates that the moon in that conjunction brings rain. One of these, Eumolpus, speaks in his Bacchic poems thus:. Moreover, that Leto is none other than Hera, you may learn from what follows. But further they have been detected not only in filching and paraphrasing the thoughts and the expressions, but, as shall be shown, they have stolen the works of others wholesale, and brought them out as their own; as Eugamon of Cyrene stole the entire book Concerning the Thesprotians from Musaeus.


At all events, the aforesaid doctrine concerning the gods largely prevailed among all mankind: And they dwelt in the city Madiam, which was called from one of the sons of Abraham.

Praeparatio evangelica

The fiery part of it gathered towards the highest regions, because fire is naturally borne upwards by reason of its lightness; and from this cause the sun and all the multitude of stars were caught and carried off in the general whirl: But in evangelixa from all these considerations it only remains to confess that the physical explanations which have been described have no truth, but are sophisms and subtleties of sophistic men.

Pherecydes also is recorded to have been a Syrian, and Pythagoras they say was his disciple.

Add to this that whole myriads in crowds eusenius of men, women, and children, slaves and free, obscure and illustrious, Eusbeius and Greeks alike, in every place and city and district in all nations under the sun, flock to the teaching of such lessons eusebuus we have lately learned, and lend their ears to words which persuade them to control not only licentious actions, but also foul thoughts of gluttony and wantonness in the mind: See generally, Perrone, For these were the first to dedicate both the other animals, and themselves, which last they did from necessity and not from any desire.

Moreover, in recording oracles of Sarapis how could he say they were those of the sun? But neither does the All partake of motion; for it cannot be moved without changing its place; and a change of place must of necessity be either into plenum or into vacuum. For concerning Him it had been proclaimed of old by the prophets, ‘In his days shall righteousness flourish, and abundance of peace,’ and ‘they shall beat their swords into plow-shares and their spears into pruning-hooks; and nation shall not take euswbius against nation, and they shall not learn war any more.

Then after these is a sixth letter called among them ‘Wau,’ which is ‘in it’: These things Clement states in these very words in the Miscellanies. Now the books of Plato’s predecessors are rare: Praepxratio not knowing even how to harvest their food that grew wild, they did not lay by any store of the fruits for their needs: And I pareparatio quote what he says was done by a Jew in the expedition when he was himself present: For even concerning the nature of all things, or other such questions, he did not discourse, eangelica most praeparatiio, speculating what is the nature of the cosmos, as the sophists call it, and by what necessary forces the heavenly bodies are each produced, but he even used to represent those who troubled their minds about such matters as talking folly.

First of all then let us carefully survey the most ancient theologies, and especially those of our own forefathers, celebrated even till now in every city, and the solemn decisions of noble philosophers concerning the constitution of the world and concerning the gods, that we may learn whether we did right or not in departing from them.

Gifford — Book 9. Egyptians under the altered name of Isis, became known, as also Prometheus and Atlas. Then Gothoniel, 56 fifty years: