Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Winds of Jingjiao: Studies on Syriac Christianity in China and Central Asia

Li Tang, Dietmar W. Winkler

Publication Date:

Wien: Lit Verlag


As early as AD 781, the writer of the Xi'an Fu inscription described the spread of Syriac Christianity (called Jingjiao in Chinese) to China as a wind blowing eastward. The discovery of the Xi'an Fu Stele, the Dunhuang Jingjiao Manuscripts, the numerous Syriac tombstones and fragments in Central Asia and many parts of China has unearthed a buried history of Syriac Christianity from the Tang Dynasty to the time of the Mongol Empire. The papers in this volume cover a wide range of topics from manuscripts and inscription, to the historical, liturgical and theological perspectives of Syriac Christianity in this geographic realm.

Table of Contents:

Introduction: winds of Jingjiao / Li Tang

Manuscripts and inscriptions

The Dunhuang Jingjiao documents in Japan: a report on their reappearance / Matteo Nicolini-Zani

Criciacal remarks on the so-called newly discoverd Jingjiao epitaph from Luoyang with a preliminary English translation / Li Tang

Syriac crosses in Central and Southwest China / Dale Albert Johnson

The geograhical context of the Tangtse Inscriptions / Roderic L. Mullen

Commemorating the saints at Turfan / Erica C D. Hunter

More gravestones in Syriac script from Tashkent, Panjikent and Ashgabat / Mark Dickens

The tale of Ahikar according to a Garshuni Turkish manuscript of the John Rylands University library / Peter Zieme

The exorcism in the newly found Khara-Khoto Syriac document / Shinichi Muto

Hisotrical Perspectives

Al-Bayruni - The twelve apostles and the Twelve months of the Julian year / Francois de Blois

Changing mission at home and abroad: Catholico Timothy I and the Church of the East on the early abbasid period / Andrew Platt

The Westwardness of things: Literary Geography and the Church of the East / Scott Fitzgerald Johnson

Byzantine-Rite Christians (Melkites) in Central Asia and China and their contacts with the Church of the East / Ken Parry

On Christianity among Central Asian and Syr Daryan Oghuz and their possible Nestorian Connections / Mehmet Tezcan

An anachronism in the Stele of Xian - why Henanisho? / Max Deeg

Beth Sinaye: a typical East Syrian ecclesiatical province? / David Wilmshurst

'Eunuchs for the Kingdom of God' : rethinking the Christian-Buddhist Imperial translation incident of 787 / R. Todd Godwin

Why did Chinese Nestorians name their religion Jingjiao? / Xiaoping Yin

Priests of Jingjiao in the Xizhou Uighur Kingdom (five dynasties - the early song dynasty) / Yuanyuan Wang

Liturgical Tradition & Theological Reflections

Lost in transcription? - the theological vocabulary of Christian texts in Central Asia and China / Samuel N.C. Lieu

Uber die enkulturation der persisch-syrischen Christen im Tangzeitlichen China - am Beispiel der abgewandelten for derZehn Gebote im buch uber Jesus den Messias / Zhu Li

The sacraments of the Assyrian Church of the East / Mar Awa Royel

Theological transfer: how did monks from China influence East Syriac sacramental theology? / Dietmar W. Windler

Ying/?/Nirmana: a case study on the translatability of Buddhism into Jingjiao / Donghua Zhu

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