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Thursday, November 15, 2012

Syriac Christianity in China

We live in a happy time where the venerable traditions of Syriac Christianity are increasingly well studied and well known thanks, not least, to such outstanding scholars as Sidney Griffith, Susan Ashbrook Harvey, Sebastian Brock, and others. The Syriac tradition, as I noted before in discussing books treating the so-called Silk Road, once enjoyed an incredibly far-reaching influence throughout Asia.

A recent book continues to document the extent of that influence even well into the second millennium: Li Tang, East Syriac Christianity in Mongol-Yuan China (12th-14th centuries) (Orientalia Biblica Et Christiana) (Harrassowitz Verlag, 2011), 169pp.

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