Tag Archives: Church of the East

#424 – A History of the Catholic Church – The Philosopher

In Alexandria, the conflict between Pope Cyril and Prefect Orestes explodes and the great philosopher Hypatia is murdered. In Persia, the Christians try to recover from decades of persecution.

Links:
Portrait of Hypatia by Jules Maurice Gaspard

Bishop Synesius of Cyrene’s letters to Hypatia

The Canons of the Council of Mar ‘Ishaq/Issac

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#424 – A History of the Catholic Church – The Philospher

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#361 – A History of the Catholic Church – Kesate Birhan

The first half of the 4th century saw the continued expansion of Christianity into lands outside the Roman Empire. Ulfilas will bring homoean Arianism to the Goths. Frumentius will bring homoousianism to the Kingdom of Axum – modern Ethiopia. In the Sassanid Empire, Christians find themselves under a persecution that will dwarf anything experienced under Decian and Diocletian.

Links:

Image of Ulfilas

Map of Gothic Lands

The Gothic Alphabet of Ulfilas

The Our Father in Gothic

Map of Kingdom of Axum

The Our Father in Ge’ez

The Ezana Stone showing the adoption of Christianity by the Kingdom of Axum

Letter of Constantius II to King Ezana

On Ethiopia and the Ark of the Covenant

Stories of the Persian Martyrs

S. P. Brock, “Christians in the Sasanian Empire: A Case of Divided Loyalties”, Studies in Church History 18, 1982, pp. 1-19

Chistopher Haas, “Mountain Constantines: The Christianization of Aksum and Iberia”, Journal of Late Antiquity, 1.1 (Spring 2008), pp. 101-126.

Hagith Sivan, “Ulfila’s Own Conversion”, The Harvard Theological Review, Vol 89, No. 4, (Oct. 1996), pp. 373-386.

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#350 – A History of the Catholic Church – The Conversion of Georgia

As with the Church in Egypt, the Syriac Church in the East will develop its own monastic traditions – following the examples of Julianus Saba, Jacob of Nisibis and Aphrahat. This period also witnesses the conversion of the Kingdom of Iberia to Christianity under the influence of Saint Nino – Equal to the Apostles.

Links:

Image of the Saint Nino.

Selections from Aphrahat’s “Demonstrations”

Pope Benedict XVI’s words on Aphrahat

Traditional accounts of the conversion of Iberia

Map of the region between the Roman and Sassanid Empires – showing location of Armenia and Iberia

Alexander Angelov, “Bishop over ‘Those Outside’: Imperial Diplomacy and the Boundaries of Constantine’s Christianity, Greek, Roman, and Byzantine Studies 54 2014 274-292.

Sidney H. Griffith, “Julian Saba, ‘Father of the Monks’ of Syria,” Journal of Early Christian Studies 2 (1994) 185-216.

Cornelia B. Horn, “St. Nino and the Christianization of Pagan Georgia”, Medieval Encounters 4 (3) 1998, pp. 242-264.

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#350 – A History of the Catholic Church – The Conversion of Georgia