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Eusebius The Educator: The Context Of The General Elementary Introduction

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The bishop of Caesarea hardly seems to rank among the shining lights of Origen, Plotinus, or Libanius. Indeed, if Eusebius is mentioned at all, it is usually for his description of Origen's teaching activity. Eusebius composed a ten-book introductory manual for the student of Scriptures entitled the General Elementary Introduction. Albinus' Prologos, written in the mid-second century CE, centered its pedagogical attention on the determination of a proper textual approach to Plato. Eusebius considered his Introduction to be profitable both for the newly converted, as well as for the more mature. In developing a proper interpretation of the "seven sevens" of Daniel, a passage that would have certainly been perplexing for the novice reader of Scriptures, Eusebius provides a key passage from the Chronography of Africanus.

Keywords: Eusebius; General Elementary Introduction



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