This week’s recommendations:
5. Joshua Smith, The Questions of Angels
4. Anthony Le Donne, When Was Marcion Born? (…don’t trust anyone!)
3. Craig Evan Anderson and Matthew Ryan Hauge, The Fisherman (Mark 1:16-20)
2. David Capes, How Did Jesus Become God?
1. Ben Myers, In praise of bad art (and bad saints)
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I had a problem similar to that of Anthony Le Donne’s last week:
While researching the Cappadocians, I was trying to figure out which Eusebius ordained Basil the Great. According to all the sources I could find, Basil succeeded Eusebius as bishop of Caesarea after Eusebius’ death in 370, but there were half a dozen Eusebiuses that served as bishops in the fourth century, including the well-known Christian historian Eusebius of Caesarea (d.339). Even more confusing, there were TWO bishops named Eusebius who served TWO different cities called Caesarea—the historian was bishop of Caesarea in Palestine, while the Eusebius who ordained Basil was bishop of Caesarea Mazaca in Cappadocia. In addition, there were two other well-known Eusebiuses: Eusebius of Vercelli, who died in 371, and Eusebius of Nicomedia (who reportedly baptized Constantine), who died in 341. I also found a few other lesser known Eusebiuses in one of the New Catholic Encyclopedia volumes at my seminary’s library, but none of the dates of death match up with Basil’s appointment to the metropolitanate of Caesarea Mazaca. The only one who even comes close is Eusebius of Vercelli, but 1) He was in exile from his bishopric in northern Italy, and 2) He died almost a year after Basil was appointed bishop of Caesarea. To make things even more complicated, Eusebius of Vercelli did spend some time in Cappadocia while he was in exile, but this obviously does not mean that he became bishop of Caesarea Mazaca while traveling through.
Isn’t history great?
@Joshua: That is enough to give even the most dedicated historian a headache. Apparently, Eusebius was a popular baby name among Christian parents at that time, eh?!
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