The Syriac World: In Search of a Forgotten Christianity

Francoise Briquel Chatonnet and Muriel Debie. The Syriac World: In Search of a Forgotten Christianity. Translated by Jeffrey Haines. Yale University Press, 2023.


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Syriac is often referred to as the third main language of Christianity, along with Latin and Greek, and it remains a foundational classical, literary, and religious language throughout the world. Originating in Mesopotamia along the Roman and Parthian frontiers, it was never the language of a powerful state or ethnic group, but with the coming of Christianity it developed into a rich religious and cultural tradition. At the same time that Christianity was making its way through Europe, Syriac missionaries were founding churches from the Mediterranean coast to Persia, converting the Turkic tribes of Central Asia, and building communities in India and China.


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