The Church of the East: An Illustrated History of Assyrian Christianity (Hardback)
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Short Description for The Church of the East The so-called 'Nestorian' Church was one of the most significant Christian communities to develop east of the Roman Empire. This book narrates its rich and colourful trajectory, from its apostolic beginnings to the contemporary times, and also discusses the Church's theology, christology and uniquely vigorous spirituality.
- Published: 27 June 2006
- Format: Hardback 336 pages
- ISBN 13: 9781845111151 ISBN 10: 184511115X
- Sales rank: 353,927
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The so-called 'Nestorian' Church (officially known as the Apostolic Assyrian Church of the East, with its See in Baghdad) was one of the most significant Christian communities to develop east of the Roman Empire. In its heyday, the Church had 10 million adherents and stretched from the Mediterranean to China. 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 Church, which now fights for survival in its country of origin, Iraq, and is almost forgotten in the West. He narrates its rich and colourful trajectory, from its apostolic beginnings to the present day, and discusses the Church's theology, christology and uniquely vigorous spirituality. He analyses the Church's turbulent relationship with other Christian churches and its dialogue with neighbouring world religions such as Zoroastrianism, Manichaeism, Islam, Buddhism and Taoism. Richly illustrated with maps and over 150 full-colour 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. 'Christoph Baumer's fine book should take its place at once as much the best available general history of the Church of the East, from its beginnings to the present day. It is especially strong on the expansion of the Church in Central and East Asia, making excellent use of recent finds. Throughout ,it is splendidly illustrated by photographs, many of which were taken during the author's own extensive travels.'