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Author Andrade, Nathanael J., author

Title The journey of Christianity to India in late antiquity : networks and the movement of culture / Nathanael J. Andrade, State University of New York, Binghamton
Published New York : Cambridge University Press, 2018


Description 1 online resource (xvii, 296 pages)
Contents The Acts of Thomas -- The Acts of Thomas and its impact -- Christianity, networks, and the Red Sea -- Early Christianity and its many Indias: complexities of the sources -- The Roman Egyptian network, the Red Sea, and the Indian Ocean -- Christianity, networks, and the Middle East -- The movement of Christianity into Sasanian Persia: perspectives and sources -- Social connectivity between the Roman Levant, Persian Gulf, and Central Asia -- The late antique impact of the Acts of Thomas and Christian communities in India
Summary How did Christianity make its remarkable voyage from the Roman Mediterranean to the Indian subcontinent? By examining the social networks that connected the ancient and late antique Mediterranean to the Indian Ocean, central Asia, and Iran, this book contemplates the social relations that made such movement possible. It also analyzes how the narrative tradition regarding the apostle Judas Thomas, which originated in Upper Mesopotamia and accredited him with evangelizing India, traveled among the social networks of an interconnected late antique world. In this way, the book probes how the Thomas narrative shaped Mediterranean Christian beliefs regarding co-religionists in central Asia and India, impacted local Christian cultures, took shape in a variety of languages, and experienced transformation as it traveled from the Mediterranean to India, and back again
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Thomas, Apostle, Saint, active 1st century.
Thomas, Apostle, Saint, active 1st century.
Acts of Thomas.
Acts of Thomas.
Missions -- India -- History
Church history -- Primitive and early church, ca. 30-600.
RELIGION -- Christianity -- History.
Church history -- Primitive and early church.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9781108321518