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Missionary Stories and the Formation of the Syriac Churches
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Missionary Stories and the Formation of the Syriac Churches

Jeanne-Nicole Mellon Saint-Laurent

Abstract

This book analyzes the hagiographic traditions of six missionary saints in the Syriac tradition: Thomas, Addai, Mari, Simeon of Beth Arsham, Jacob Baradaeus, and Ahoudemmeh. Through studying these saints’ lives, we gain an understanding of the development of the East and West Syriac ecclesiastical bodies: the Syrian Orthodox Church and the Church of the East. The lives of the missionaries encapsulate the concerns of the communities that wrote them.

Keywords: missionary hagiography, Syrian Orthodox Church, Church of the East, Thomas, Addai, Mari, Simeon of Beth Arsham, Jacob Baradaeus, Ahoudemmeh

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780520284968
Published to California Scholarship Online: January 2016 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520284968.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jeanne-Nicole Mellon Saint-Laurent, author
Marquette University