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Jingjiao: The Earliest Christian Church in China

Glen L. Thompson

A balanced, accessible, and thorough history of Jingjiao, the first Christian church in China.

Many people assume that the first introduction of Christianity to the Chinese was part of nineteenth-century Western imperialism. In fact, Syriac-speaking Christians brought the gospel along the Silk Road into China in the seventh century. Glen L. Thompson introduces readers to the fascinating history of this early Eastern church, referred to as Jingjiao, or the "Luminous Teaching."

Thompson presents the history of the Persian church's mission to China with rigor and clarity. While Christianity remained a minority and "foreign" religion in the Middle Kingdom, it nonetheless attracted adherents among indigenous Chinese and received imperial approval during the Tang Dynasty. Though it was later suppressed alongside Buddhism, it resurfaced in China and Mongolia in the twelfth century. Thompson also discusses how the modern unearthing of Chinese Christian texts has stirred controversy over the meaning of Jingjiao to recent missionary efforts in China.

In an accessible style, Thompson guides readers through primary sources as well as up-to-date scholarship. As the most recent and balanced survey on the topic available in English, Jingjiao will be an indispensable resource to students of global Christianity and missiology

Book Details

  • Publisher: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
  • Publish Date: Feb 15th, 2024
  • Pages: 279
  • Language: English
  • Dimensions: 0.00in - 0.00in - 0.00in - 0.00lb
  • EAN: 9780802883520
  • Categories: Asia - ChinaChristian Ministry - MissionsChristianity - Orthodox

About the Author

Thompson, Glen L.: -
Glen L. Thompson is professor emeritus of New Testament and historical theology at Asia Lutheran Seminary in Hong Kong. He has retired to Milwaukee, where he researches, works with students, and expands his Fourth-Century Christianity website.