The church of the East: an illustrated history of Assyrian Christianity

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I.B. Tauris, 2006 - History - 328 pages
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Christoph Baumer is one of the very few Westerners to have visited many of the most important Assyrian sites, and has written the only comprehensive history of the "Nestorian" (or Apostolic Assyrian) Church, which now fights for survival in its country of origin, Iraq. He traces its apostolic beginnings to the present day, and discusses the Church's theology, christology and uniquely vigorous spirituality. He analyzes the Church's turbulent relationship with other Christian chuches and its dialogue with neighboring world religions such as Zoroastrianism, Manichaeism, Islam, Buddhism and Taoism. Richly illustrated with maps and over 150 full-color photographs, the book will be essential reading for those interested in a fascinating but neglected Christian community which has profoundly shaped the history of civilization in both East and West.

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Contents

Contents
1
The Beginnings of East Syrian Christianity
9
The Thomas Christians of South India
25
Church Fathers and Heretics
31
Christianity becomes the Roman state Church
38
The Loss of Christian Ecumene
51
The Patriarchate of SeleuciaCtesiphon
59
Aspects of East Syrian Theology and Spirituality
105
The Period of the Mongols
195
The Thomas Christians of South India
235
The Period of Trials and Divisions
247
The Renaissance of the Assyrian Church of the East
269
Notes
285
Bibliography
307
Annexes
317
Index
323

Christians under Islamic Rule
137
The Mission to the East
169
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