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And you shall sleep restful nights" (St. Ephraim the Syrian).

Friday, January 15, 2021

St Thomas and India

Some day, please God, I might be able to make it to India. The Eastern Christian traditions in India have long remained fascinating to me along with the other religious traditions in the country (Sikhism especially), and, of course, the wonderful food. 

In the meantime, I will slake some of my interest with a new book: St. Thomas and India: Recent Research, eds. K. S. Mathew, Joseph Chacko Chennattuserry, and Antony Bungalowparambil (Fortress Press, 2020), 200pp.

About this collection the publisher tells us this:

In St. Thomas and India, renowned scholars trace the historical, religious, and cultural connections link India's Syrian Christian community with St. Thomas the Apostle. They use modern historiographical methods seek to corroborate the ancient tradition that tells of St. Thomas's missionary journey to India in the middle of the first century, in which he established seven churches in some of the major commercial centers of Malabar. From this first churches, Christianity spread throughout the region. St. Thomas in India also examines the legacy of the ancient Christianity on the Syrian community in India today, as well as exploring the various cultural and religious connections between the Syrian church in Indian and other ancient churches in the east.

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