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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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Saint Thomas, Missionary Apostle to India

Saint Thomas, Missionary Apostle to India

(p.17) 1 Saint Thomas, Missionary Apostle to India
Missionary Stories and the Formation of the Syriac Churches

Jeanne-Nicole Mellon Saint-Laurent

University of California Press

In this chapter, I analyze the Acts of Thomas, a third-century attestation of a missionary narrative that attributes the conversion of India to St. Thomas the apostle. I analyze the text’s main narrative typologies and show how the story’s motifs work together to portray the formation of Christian societies. I discuss how the trade route culture forms the backdrop of Thomas’s activities.

Keywords:   St. Thomas, trade route, India, Edessa, liturgy

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