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Christian Denominations and Sects

1971

George Fox University

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The Origin And Development Of The Mar Thoma Church Of India, M. Matthews Mar 1971

The Origin And Development Of The Mar Thoma Church Of India, M. Matthews

Western Evangelical Seminary Theses

The purpose of this study was to make an intensive survey of the origin and develoment of the Mar Thoma Syrian Church of India. The name 'St. Thomas Christians' came to be known among the Church historians and among several Christian writers much earlier on account of the long standing tradition that St. Thomas, one of the twelve disciples of Christ, brought the Gospel to the South Western coast of India early in the second half of the first century and founded the first seven Churches in South India. The reliability of this tradition has been a matter of much ...