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Sextus Julius Africanus
(c.160 – c.240)


Synopsis

What little we know of life of Sextus Julius Africanus can be gleaned from scattered references to his surviving writings and from Eusebius’ Church History.[1] He is remembered primarily for his history of the world in five books (Chronology) and two letters, one to Aristides and the other to Origen. The Chronology had a significant effect on later writers, many (e.g. Eusebius) based their own histories on the framework it provided.

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Reference

[1] Eusebius, History, 6.31 (Nicene & Post Nicene Fathers, 2nd series, Vol. 1, 276-277).

Primary Sources

Book or monograph Eusebius, Church History 1.6.2; 6.31.1-3; 7.1-16.
Book or monograph Jerome, Lives of Illustrius Men 63.
On-line Resource Julius Africanus (Christian Classic Ethereal Library)
Book or monograph Julius Africanus, Chronicles, S.D.F Salmond, trans. Ante-Nicene Fathers, Vol. 6. Edinburgh: T & T Clark, 1980. Hbk. ISBN: 0567093794. pp.130-138. {Amazon.com}
Book or monograph Julius Africanus, Letter to Aristides, S.D.F Salmond, trans. Ante-Nicene Fathers, Vol. 6. Edinburgh: T & T Clark, 1980. Hbk. ISBN: 0567093794. pp.125-127. {Amazon.com}
Book or monograph Julius Africanus, Letter to Origen, F. Crombie, trans. Ante-Nicene Fathers, Vol. 4. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1980. Hbk. ISBN: 0802880908. p.385. {Amazon.com}

Secondary Sources

Article in Journal or Book E.H. Blakeney, "Julius Africanus: A Letter to Origen," Theology 29 (1934): 361-368.
Article in Journal or Book B. Croke, "The Originality of Eusebius' Chronicle," American Journal of Philology 103 (1982): 195-200.
Book or monograph F.L. Cross, The Early Christian Fathers. Studies in Theology 1. London: Gerald Duckworth & Co. Ltd., 1960. Hbk. pp.168-169.
On-line Resource Julius Africanus (Adrian Fortescue)
Article in Journal or Book F. Granger, "Julius Africanus and the Library of the Pantheon," Journal of Theological Studies, n.s. 34 (1933): 157-161.
Article in Journal or Book Rubin Habas, "The Jewish Origin of Julius Africanus," Journal of Jewish Studies 45.1 (1994): 86-91.
Book or monograph Francis C.R. Thee, Julius Africanus and the Early Christian View of Magic. Tübingen: Mohr, 1984. ISBN: 316144552X. pp.538. {Amazon.com}

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