Eusebius and the Jewish Authors: His Citation Technique in an Apologetic Context
Leiden: Brill, 2006 pp. xx + 337. $139.00
Ancient Judaism and Early Christianity, 64
Description: Eusebius and the Jewish Authors examines Eusebius of Caesareas use of non-biblical Jewish texts (e.g. Philo, Josephus, Aristobulus) in his Praeparatio evangelica and Demonstratio evangelica. In the first part, Sabrina Inowlocki looks at the citation process in Ancient Greek Literature and in Eusebius own double apologetic work. She also analyzes Eusebius conception of Judaism. The second part is devoted to a detailed study of Eusebius methodology in appropriating these texts from both a philological and a philosophical/theological perspective.
Through the lens of his exploitation of Jewish quotations, this book defies the traditional perception of Eusebius as being a mere compiler and nuances the manner in which his presentation of the relation between Judaism and Christianity is often seen.
Subjects: Bible, Mishnah, Talmudic and Rabbinic Literature, Other Rabbinic Works, Early Christian Literature, Literature
Review by Elizabeth C. Penland
Citation: Elizabeth C. Penland, review of Sabrina Inowlocki, Eusebius and the Jewish Authors: His Citation Technique in an Apologetic Context, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2008).
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