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Eusebius of Caesarea

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Eusebius plays a central role in the history of Philo Christianus 's reception in the Christian church. This chapter discovers that little systematic research has been carried out on the subject of Eusebius' acquaintance with Philo and the use he made of Philo's treatises in his scholarly production. Eusebius was directly associated with the Christian institutions of the city. His writings, however, reveal the inevitably extensive contacts with pagan culture and learning. Eusebius' two most famous and influential works were the Chronicle and the Ecclesiastical History. Having grown up in the scholarly atmosphere of the school of Origen as taken over by Pamphilus, Eusebius received a thorough training in biblical scholarship. The chapter examines a number of writers who, in the century after Eusebius' death, take up and develop his account. Finally, it turns to another reference to Philo in Eusebius' Ecclestiastical History which was taken up by later authors.

Keywords: biblical scholarship; Christian church; Chronicle; Ecclesiastical History; Eusebius; pagan culture; Philo Christianus



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