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An Introduction to the History of the Assyrian Church

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This work seeks to provide a fair and balanced history of the Assyrian Church and her Christology for Christians of the English language. Often termed the Nestorian Church, Wigram argues that such a designation is inapplicable, as are a number of the beliefs and perspectives regarding this Church as a whole. He provides a thorough history of the Church and her leaders, while also detailing their beliefs on theological doctrine on their own terms, and with the approval of the Assyrian Church herself. An invaluable work of Church history for anyone interested in the Churches of the East or early Christian history.

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Key Features

  • Examination of the Christology of the Assyrian Church
  • Historical overview of the Assyrian Church from the second through seventh centuries
  • Important bishops and leaders of the Assyrian Church


  • The Sassanid Empire
  • The Church Under Arsacid Kings
  • The Episcopate of Papa
  • The Great Persecution of Sapor II
  • Reorganization of the Church—Council of Mar Isaac
  • The Councils of Yahb-Alaha and Dad-Ishu
  • Patriarchate of Dad-Ishu—Persecution of Yezdegerd II
  • Bar-Soma and Acacius
  • Disorder and Reform—Patriarchates of Babai, Silas, Mar Aba
  • 552–604—Patriarchate of Joseph, Ezekiel, Ishu-Yahb, Sabr-Ishu
  • The State of the Church in the Sixth Century
  • The Vacancy in the Patriarchate—Struggle with Monophysitism, 608–628
  • Official Christology of the Assyrian Church
  • Last Efforts at Reconciliation—Ishu-Yahb and Sahdona

Product Details

  • Title: An Introduction to the History of the Assyrian Church
  • Author: W. A. Wigram
  • Publisher: SPCK
  • Publication Date: 1910
  • Pages: 318

About W. A. Wigram

William Ainger Wigram (1872–1953) was both a priest and author in the Church of England. He served as the head of the Mission of the Archbishop of Canterbury to the Assyrian Church of the East.

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