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Thursday, May 2, 2013

From the Oxus to China

Lit-Verlag in Berlin tells me of recent publications that continue the welcome expansion, often noted in the past on here, in the world of Syriac Christianity: Li Tang and Dietmar Winkler, eds., From the Oxus River to the Chinese Shores: Studies on East Syriac Christianity in China and Central Asia (2013, 480pp.).

About this book we are told:

Syriac Christianity spread along the Silk Road together with Aramaic culture and liturgy. The staging posts of Christian merchants along the trade routes grew into first missionary centers. Thus, the mission of the Church of the East stretched from Persia to Arabia and India; and from the Oxus River to the Chinese shores. This volume contains a collection of studies on the Church of the East in its historical setting. Contributors have shed new light on this subject from various perspectives and academic disciplines, providing fresh insights into the rich heritage of Syriac Christianity.

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