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The Church of the East & Its Theology: History of Studies

Orientalia Christiana Periodica. 2008. Vol. 74. P. 115-131.

This essay offers a concise overview of the attempts to develop our understanding of East-Syrian Christianity known as the Church of the East, and of studies concerning its history and theological concepts. Beginning with early contacts between Persian Christians and their 'Roman' neighbours, the author further deals with the research that has taken place in modern times. He demonstrates how various aspects became known to the Western academic community, including the East-Syriac version of the Antiochene theological heritage, the Christological controversies which challenge conventional views, and the extensive growth of this Church to the East. The most important authors and publications are listed and a description is given of the distinctive characteristics of the stages of this history of studies.