Eusebius Ecclesiastical History Matrix

Eusebius did us a tremendous favor! He created a hybrid reference manual and summary that indexed all of the early Christian works from ~0 - ~300 AD. His summary makes the study interesting and his reference manual gives us a treasure trove that not only opens the door to a massive study it also sifts the wheat from the tares!

I've done you the favor of making the study interesting by putting it into audio podcasts with some music and humor in the background. As well as providing the tables at the bottom to organize the information scattered throughout his book into comprehensive lists.

Podcast suggestions by Message Summary

Part 5 is my most popular. People see the martyrdom of James and the assassination of Herod by an angel and so they click on it without giving part 1 a chance. But Part 1 is excellent! It establishes the Divinity of Christ in a mind blowing way. Making one wonder why churches are failing to teach it this way. Because it would likely lead to mass conversions.

Part 1 Establishes the Divinity of Christ in a way few have ever heard. And it sets the stage for the rest of the series. It explains that Israel suffered serious judgement for rejecting Christ and martyring his apostles. And therefore everything that came after part 1 was a series of judgement events leading to re-enslavement in Egypt, mass murder, extinctions, suicides and famine.

Part 1

Listen to "Eusebius' Ecclesiastical History Part 1 [19 Mins]" on Spreaker.

Part 2 Explains how and why the law actually brings prosperity, wealth and comfort.

Part 2

Listen to "Eusebius' Ecclesiastical History Part 2 [21 Mins]" on Spreaker.

Part 3 is the Christmas message on the birth of our Lord 

Part 3

Listen to "Eusebius’ Ecclesiastical History Part 3 [15 Mins]" on Spreaker.

Part 4 is a lesson on payback: it illustrates the Jews got what they asked for: No King but Caesar.

Part 5 is great! It's packed with good stuff! Martyrs, Omens from God, an Angelic assassination of Herod, the Pharisees unraveling and being reduced to common criminals...

Part 6 opens with the famine prophesied in part 5, which alone is worth the price of admission. It was horrifying. It's worth listening to! 

Sadly Part 7 is mostly boring housekeeping stuff. However, there is a story about John the beloved in the beginning that's really good. 

Part 8 Explains the origin of Valentine's Day

Part 9 has the best story about courageous martyrdoms (Polycarp and Justin). Though it starts with humor to keep the series entertaining.

Part 10 has the best story about fearful martyrdoms (10 people abdicated their faith)

Part 10 only gets us 150 pages into a 450 page book! Don't worry, the rest is coming! 

Podcasts by chapter summaries

Listen to "Eusebius’ Ecclesiastical History Part 3 [15 Mins]" on Spreaker.


Chapters 4 - 8 of Book 1. In summary they discuss:

A review of the revelations from Part 1 & 2 of the series
Chapter  The religion announced by Christ was not unexpected
Chapter  Eusebius pinpoints the date of Christ's birth 
Chapter  The Jewish King and Priest were removed making way for Christ 
Chapter  Proof the genealogies of Matthew and Luke match
Chapter 8 — The Savior is born and worshipped as God

Listen to "Eusebius’ Ecclesiastical History Part 4 [20 Mins]" on Spreaker.


This podcast covers the rest of Book 1:

Chapter 9 — A proof that discredits popular lies of the day
Chapter 10— A proof that Jesus' ministry lasted 4 years
Chapter 11— John the Baptist beheaded unleashing vengeance from God
Chapter 12— All the names of the 70 that Eusebius could find
Chapter 13— A letter to Jesus and his reply

Book 2

Chapter 1— Simon starts a popular cult, Paul converted to Christianity
Chapter 2 — Rome says Jesus can't be declared God except by an act of the Senate
Chapter 3— Caligula persecutes the Jews and Philo, the historian, leaps to their defence
Chapter 4— The persecutions of the Jews for rejecting Jesus
Chapter 5 — The temple gets a statue of Caesar
Chapter 6 — The Jews are impoverished through the purchase of an aqueduct
Chapter 7— Pilate is repaid for his part in the crucifixion of Jesus

and starts into book 2

Listen to "Eusebius’ Ecclesiastical History Part 5 [28 Mins]" on Spreaker.

This podcast covers the rest of Book 2 and the beginning of 3:

Book 2
Chapter 8 — Agabus prophecies of a famine
Chapter 9 — James the brother of John beheaded
Chapter 10 — Herod struck down by an angel of God
Chapter 11 — The founding of a cult that's quickly destroyed
Chapter 12 — Queen Helen purchases grain to feed the poor
Chapter 13 — Simon founds another cult and is made a god by the Senate
Chapter 14 — Peter overtakes Simon through proclamation of the gospel
Chapter 15 — Rome demands Peter's sermon be captured in writing, Mark agrees
Chapter 16 — Mark founds a church in Alexandria Egypt
Chapter 17 — The first race of prayer warriors
Chapter 18 — An overview is given of Philo's writings
Chapter 19 — The Jews are trampled at passover (by each other)
Chapter 20 — The chief priests degrade into thieves to save themselves during famine
Chapter 21 — An Egyptian witch starts a rebellion against Rome to seize power
Chapter 22 — Paul is martyred
Chapter 23 — James the Just is Martyred
Chapter 24 — Annianas made bishop over Alexandria (after Mark)
Chapter 25 — Nero declares himself God's chief enemy and targets the apostles
Chapter 26 — A general description of the abuse endured by the martyrs

Book 3
Chapter 1 — How the territories were divided among the apostles
Chapter 2 — Linus presided over the church of Rome
Chapter 3 — A review of authentic books vs. fakes.
Chapter 4 — Luke is a physician
Chapter 5 — A description of the last siege of the Jews

Listen to "Eusebius’ Ecclesiastical History Part 6 [20 Mins]" on Spreaker.

This podcast covers Book 3:

Chapter 6 — The extinction famine event (where all who crucified Christ died)
Chapter 7 — Israel re-enslaved in Egypt
Chapter 8 — The bad omens the Jews ignored before destruction
Chapter 9 — Josephus honored for his work with a statue in Rome
Chapter 10 — Assessment of the authenticity of 22 Biblical works
Chapter 11 — Simeon takes over for James the Just in Jerusalem
Chapter 12 — Vespasian declares war on the Holy Line
Chapter 13 — Successions in Rome and the Priesthood
Chapter 14 — Avilius becomes Bishop of Alexandria
Chapter 15 — Clement becomes Bishop of Rome
Chapter 16 — Clement writes Corinth about their sedition
Chapter 17 — Domitian succeeds Nero in his hostility to God
Chapter 18 — Details about John who wrote Revelation
Chapter 19 — Judas brother of Christ is targeted by Domitian

Listen to "Eusebius’ Ecclesiastical History Part 7 [20 Mins]" on Spreaker.

This podcast covers Book 3:

Chapter 20 - Domitian orders extermination of the line of David
Chapter 21 - Cerdon became the 3rd Bishop Alexandria
Chapter 22 - Ignatius became the 2nd Bishop of Antioch
Chapter 23 - Story about John the Beloved saving a man who renounced his faith in Christ
Chapter 24 - It was Paul who saw the 3rd heaven / John wrote his gospel after reading the others
Chapter 25 - Details the names of books and their status: genuine, disputed, spurious, or heretical
Chapter 26 - Mentions the imposters of the faith
Chapter 27 - The cult of the Ebionites
Chapter 28 - The false religion of Cerinthus
Chapter 29 - The heresy of Nicolaus
Chapter 30 - Most of the apostles were married
Chapter 31 - Places where some martyrs are buried
Chapter 32 - Simeon was 2nd bishop of Jerusalem
Chapter 33 - Plinius Secundis defended the martyrs
Chapter 34 - Euarestus became the fourth bishop of Rome
Chapter 35 - Justus became the third bishop of Jerusalem
Chapter 36 - Ignatius encourages believers to embrace martyrdom
Chapter 37 - The disciples sold their possessions and left to share the gospel
Chapter 38 - Two prominent men who quoted from the disputed book of Hebrews
Chapter 39 - Papias sought 2nd hand stories of the apostles which he documented (Mark was Peter's interpreter)

- End of Book 3 -

Listen to "Eusebius’ Ecclesiastical History Part 8 [31 Mins]" on Spreaker.

Unlike Part 7, which was mundane, today's message is great!

I believe I have stumbled onto the origin of Valentine's Day, which it would seem has a nefarious past. After Valentine was rejected for the office of Bishop he became enraged and so he began his own cult.

This podcast covers the beginning of Book 4:

Chapter 1 - New bishop successions (added to the spreadsheet)
Chapter 2 - The Jews Of Cyrene and and Egypt were possessed to attack the Greeks
Chapter 3 - Aristides wrote a defense of the faith to Adrian
Chapter 4 - New bishop successions Rome and Alexandria (added to the spreadsheet)
Chapter 5 - New bishop successions in Jerusalem (added to the spreadsheet)
Chapter 6 - The Jews were attacked by Rufus
Chapter 7 - The faith of Our Lord spreads across humanity / Carpocrates founds the gnostic heresy
Chapter 8 - Hegisippus and Justin documented a communication from Serenius Granianus to the Emperor
Chapter 9 - The emperor Adrian relays the message to Minucius ordering the end to illigitimate Christian deaths
Chapter 10 - Antonine the Pious succeeds Adrian as emperor (added to the spreadsheet)
Chapter 11 - The heresy of St. Valentine 

Listen to "Eusebius' Ecclesiastical History Part 9 [26 Mins]" on Spreaker.

In all my research, the martyrdom of Polycarp as described in this podcast is second only to that of Jesus Christ. The martyrdom of Justin is also described herein. So if you’re interested in early Christian martyrdoms, this podcast is for you. However, due to the overall length of this deep study on Eusebius’ history of the church, and my desire to make it enjoyable to keep you engaged throughout, I begin this podcast with quite a bit of humor and end it seriously.

This podcast covers chapters 12 - 15 of Book 4:

Chapter 12 - Introduction of a letter from Justin to the emperor
Chapter 13 - Letter from the emperor to Asia to stop persecuting the Christians
Chapter 14 - Polycarp’s Martyrdom
Chapter 15 - Justin’s Martyrdom

Listen to "Eusebius’ Ecclesiastical History Part 10 [31 Mins]" on Spreaker.



In part 10 of Eusebius Ecclesiastical History. We get some practical advice. For example, have you ever wondered:

How would the early church have handled matters of divorce in a situation where after the marriage, one spouse receives Jesus and reforms while the other continues in sin?

And then we get a bird's eye view of martyrdoms involving the weakest among Christians. Ten people abdicated their faith bringing great discouragement to the others, but then a demure woman by the name of Blandina took a supernatural beating that shocked and dismayed the men torturing her. Who afterwards confessed they could do nothing to make her die and they were surprised she was still breathing. Revealing that the weakest among Christians who cry out to God with every blow, receive his grace and mercy in their time of need.

Book 4

Chapter 17 — A woman becomes Christian and wrestles with divorcing her unbelieving husband
Chapter 18 — The books of Justin the Martyr that have come down to us
Chapter 19 — Bishops in Rome and Alexandria
Chapter 20 — Bishops of Antioch
Chapter 21 — Ecclesiastical writers of good reputation
Chapter 22 — Bishops of Corinth, Rome, JerusalemHeresies and sects that sprang up.
Chapter 23 — Bishops of Corinth and Pinytus reprimanded for being too hard on his church
Chapter 24 — Bishops of Antioch
Chapter 25 — Bishops of Gortnya
Chapter 26 — Writings of Melito the race of greedy shameless informers who used martyrdom as a means of stealing 
Chapter 27 — The works of Apollinaris
Chapter 28 — Heresy of Encratites
Chapter 29 — The Heresy of Tatianus
Chapter 30 — The writings of Bardesanes

Book 5

Preliminary — Introduces that Book 5 has many discussions about martyrs

Chapter 1 — Many were martyred, 10 abdicated the faith due to fear of martyrdom, but they recanted and were martyred for Christ.

Listen to "The Ecclesiastical History of the Church - Part 11" on Spreaker.

Chapter 1 - Stories about the deaths of Christian Martyrs
Chapter 2 - The 10 martyrs who abdicated their faith relent
Chapter 3 - The story of a man who was so poor, his imprisonment was an upgrade
Chapter 4 - The martyrs respected Justin Iranaeus
Chapter 5 - God intervened in war and chased the enemy with lightning bolts to save his people
Chapter 6 - The succession of bishops in Rome

Chapter 7 - The state of Miracles in the church

Chapter 8 - Clues given about the antichrist

Chapter 9 - The real story behind the Septuagint Bible
Chapter 10 - The school of the faithful

Chapter 11 - The Clement of Alexandria who wrote Stromata

Chapter 12 - The bishops of Jerusalem

Chapter 13 - Rhodo challenges Marcion and Syneros

Chapter 14 - The heresy of Montanus

Chapter 15 - Florinus and Blastus split the church

Chapter 16 - Marcion is possessed by Satan and it gets weird. He hangs himself like Judas

Today's study identifies three scenarios where churches / authorities are forbidden to accept tithe offerings / compensation from their flock. Raising the question: is every scenario forbidden? I hope that question will be answered in a future book! But these three are certainly interesting.

You may have heard about churches where people roll around on the ground in the isles laughing uncontrollably or babbling inchorently. Chapter 17 appears to suggest that's demonic (I'm just telling you what the book says). I can't say it's incontravertible, but that does appear to be the message from this study.

There are a couple stories of divine torment that are interesting. In one scenario God broke both arms of a man who leveled charges at Apollinarius. And in another angels appeared and whipped a man for ignoring God's warnings.

Chapter 17 - The peculiar behavior false prophets (demonic ecstasy)
Chapter 18 - Why it's inappropriate for a prophet to accept compensation
Chapter 19 - The petition against Montanus' cult/heresy
Chapter 20 - Justin rebukes Florinus
Chapter 21 - God broke both arms of the man who brought charges against Apollinarus
Chapter 22 - Logs the succession of bishops
Chapter 23 - Passover celebration debate (his death or resurrection?)
Chapter 24 - The Bishop of Rome excommunicates the churches of Asia for disputing the passover celebration date
Chapter 25 - Epistles are sent everywhere unanimously selecting the day of Jesus resurrection as the new passover date.
Chapter 26 - Genuine writings of reputable historians
Chapter 27 - The succession of emperors
Chapter 28 - Bishop Paul was scourged by angels for receiving offerings and supporting a heresy.

Complete lists of: 

  1. Ancient Writers of Good Reputation
  2. The Apostles
  3. Assessment of the Cannon of Scripture
  4. Heretical Refutations
  5. Heretics and Heretical Writings
  6. The Succession of Bishops

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