This volume reconstructs the contents of the library in Roman Palestine of Eusebius of Caesarea (ca. 265-339) by examining Eusebius’ major works, the
Preparation for the Gospel, and
Life of Constantine. After surveying the history of the library from its origins as an ecclesiastical archive and its true foundation by Origen of Alexandria to its disappearance in the seventh century, it discusses how Eusebius used his sources and then examines what specific works were available in the library in chapters devoted to philosophical works, poetry and rhetoric, histories, Jewish and Christian works, and contemporary documents. The book ends with a useful list of the contents of the library.
Andrew James Carriker, Ph.D. (1999) in History, Columbia University, is affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania as a researcher and editor. He has taught at Gonzaga University and Columbia University and has published in the fields of patristics and biography.
..a fundamental asset to any theological research library... the book is undoubtedly one of the most helpful recent scholarly contributions to research on Eusebius, his academic background, and his intellectural universe. Ulrich Volp,
Expository Times, June 2008
"…an important book…an important reference work for further studies." – Jörg Ulrich,
"Carriker's book is definitely an important monograph that will become a reference for any scholar working on ancient literature." – Sabrina Inowlocki, in:
Vigiliae Christianae (2005)
"…eine respektabele und sehr nützliche Leistung…" – Friedhelm Winkelmann, in:
Theologische Literaturzeitung (2005)
All those interested in intellectual history, Late Antiquity, patristics and the history of the Church, Jewish studies, and the history of the book, as well as classicists and theologians.