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The Church of the East: An Illustrated History of Assyrian Christianity

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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 "Nestorian" (or Apostolic Assyrian) Church, which now fights for survival in its country of origin, Iraq. He traces its apostolic beginnings to the present day, and discusses the Church's theology, christology a ...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published June 27th 2006 by I. B. Tauris (first published March 1st 2005)
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Ryan Handermann
Apr 28, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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Well written. Destroying my paradigms about the Church. A few interesting things:

Nestorius believed that Christ was two natures in one person.

The Nestorian Church is orthodox (and Nestorius was never a part of that church).

Jesus wrote a letter to King Abgar in Edessa (but this is in Eusebius anyway).

In 1990s, the Roman and Assyrian church mutually removed their condemnation of each other.

There was a massive and brutal persecution of the Assyrian church from 340-470ish by the Zoroastrian Monarchs
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