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Missionary Stories and the Formation of the Syriac Churches$
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Jeanne-Nicole Mellon Saint-Laurent

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780520284968

Published to California Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520284968.001.0001

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Missionary Narratives in the Syriac Tradition

(p.1) Introduction
Missionary Stories and the Formation of the Syriac Churches

Jeanne-Nicole Mellon Saint-Laurent

University of California Press

In chapter 1, I lay out a methodology for studying the missionary stories of the Syriac churches. I discuss the image of the hagiographer, the missionary, and the monarch. I examine the theological disputes from the fourth through the sixth centuries that played a role in the separation of the Church of the East and the Syrian Orthodox Church from the Byzantine Chalcedonian Church. I show how I will use the missionary stories of the Syriac tradition to discuss the gradual process by which the Church of the East and the Syrian Orthodox Church became separate ecclesial bodies.

Keywords:   missionary hagiography, Syrian Orthodox Church, Church of the East

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