10 Facts About Syriac Christianity


Syriac Christianity is a distinctive branch of Eastern Christianity, whose formative theological writings and traditional liturgies are expressed in the Classical Syriac language, a variation of the Aramaic language.

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The traditional East Syriac Christianity community is represented by the Syro-Malabar Church and the Chaldean Syrian Church of India.

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Syriac Christianity language is a variety of Aramaic language, that emerged in Edessa, Upper Mesopotamia during the first centuries AD.

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The form of the language in use in Edessa predominated in Christian writings and was accepted as the standard form, "a convenient vehicle for the spread of Syriac Christianity wherever there was a substrate of spoken Aramaic".

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In modern English language, the term "Syriac Christianity" is preferred over the alternative form "Syrian Christianity", that was commonly used in older literature, as a synonym, particularly during the 19th and the 20th centuries.

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Syriac Christianity began in the Near East, in Jerusalem among Aramaic-speaking Jews.

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Syriac Christianity is divided on several theological issues, both Christological and Pneumatological.

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The East Syriac Christianity Rite is noted especially for its eucharistic Qurbana of Addai and Mari, in which the Words of Institution are absent.

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In modern times, several Churches of Syriac Christianity tradition are actively participating in ecumenical dialogue.

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East Syriac Christianity Christians were involved in the mission to India, and many of the present Churches in India are in communion with either East or West Syriac Christianity Churches.

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