Centers of Syriac Christianity

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Early Christianity began among Aramaic speakers in Roman Palestine on the eastern shores of the Mediterranean. According to the New Testament, it was in the Syrian city of Antioch that followers of this religious movement first took the name “Christians”. The spread of this new religion followed linguistic routes: westward among the Greek and Latin speakers of the Roman Empire and eastward among the Aramaic and Syriac populations of Mesopotamia. Over time, Syriac speaking Christians became the great missionaries of early Christianity travelling across the Near East, to eastern Africa, and as far as India and China. This map shows the influence of Syriac churches from AD 100 to 1500. These centers include bishoprics (Antioch), schools (Edessa), monasteries (Egypt), imperial capitals (Baghdad), and points of contact on trade routes (Turfan Oasis).

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Centers of Syriac Christianity

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Early Christianity began among Aramaic speakers in Roman Palestine on the eastern shores of the Mediterranean. According to the New Testament, it was in the Syrian city of Antioch that followers of this religious movement first took the name “Christians”. The spread of this new religion followed linguistic routes: westward among the Greek and Latin speakers of the Roman Empire and eastward among the Aramaic and Syriac populations of Mesopotamia. Over time, Syriac speaking Christians became the great missionaries of early Christianity travelling across the Near East, to eastern Africa, and as far as India and China. This map shows the influence of Syriac churches from AD 100 to 1500. These centers include bishoprics (Antioch), schools (Edessa), monasteries (Egypt), imperial capitals (Baghdad), and points of contact on trade routes (Turfan Oasis).

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“Centers of Syriac Christianity,” Gallery, accessed September 18, 2019, https://gallery.library.vanderbilt.edu/items/show/2636.