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 and uniquely vigorous spirituality. He analyzes the Church's turbulent relationship with other Christian chuches and its dialogue with neighboring world religions such as Zoroastrianism, Manichaeism, Islam, Buddhism and Taoism. Richly illustrated with maps and over 150 full-color photographs, the book will be essential reading for those interested in a fascinating but neglected Christian community which has profoundly shaped the history of civilization in both East and West.

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Christoph Baumer is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society, and a member of the Explorer's Club, New York.

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"Christoph Baumer's fine book should take its place at once as much the best available general history of the Church of the East, from its beginnings to the present day. It is especially strong on the expansion of the Church in Central and East Asia, making excellent use of recent finds. Throughout it is splendidly illustrated by photographs, many of which were taken during the author's own extensive travels."--Sebastian Brock, University of Oxford "This is a stupendous work. Its range – historical, geographical, intellectual – is breathtaking, and it combines presentation of the highest quality via scholarship of the highest order...Dr. Baumer’s text is dense and formidably well-researched...Dr. Baumer’s book sets a new standard for studies of this kind. It looks likely to establish itself as a key work of reference, and should hold the field in the area of oriental Christianity for some time to come." – Christopher Segar, Asian Affairs 

'’...Baumer has written a comprehensive and well-researched account...[He] has visited many of the places where the Church of the East exists or has existed, and has an extensive knowledge of the surviving written and archaeological evidence for its history.  [The Church of the East] is splendidly illustrated and attractively presented...’’--Logos: A Journal of Eastern Christian Studies

"The historian, Christopher Baumer, has produced a beautiful picture book...The book is a pleasure to just flick through – but it’s also a very able history of this virtually lost Christianity" -- Diarmaid MacCulloch, thebrowser.com


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