Eusebius was a pastor in Caesarea who lived approximately ca. 265 - ca. 39. Eusebius is considered to be the "father of church history." He may have been born in Israel and was educated in Caesarea. He worked with the founder of the school, Pamphilus. Pamphilus was killed around AD 309 and Eusebius took refuge in Tyre and then eventually he made his way to Egypt. He was actually jailed in Egypt for a brief period of time.
Around AD 315 he became the pastor of Caesarea where he served until he died. Eusebius was very active in the theological discussions of his day. He became an advisor to Constantine. Eusebius was a prolific writer. The reason that Eusebius is included in this A-Z challenge is due to his major contribution to the church. He wrote what is considered to be a classic history of Christianity equal to the works of Flavius Josephus, who wrote a history of the Jews. Eusebius records the events of the first three centuries of the Christian church in such a manner that resulted in the recording of a number of facts about the early Christian church that can not be known from any other source.
Euesibus goal was to record facts before they disappeared and before eyewitnesses were killed and libraries with Christian documents were burned or destroyed by the persecution of Rome. Eusibeus recorded the most important documents of his day giving us today a collection of data to study, consider, and interpret. Some of which can be verified and substantiated and some which cannot. It is a record we would not have had Eusebius not taken upon himself to serve as a historian and record for us these events.
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