Tang Christianity: Its Syriac Origins And Character(唐代基督教──其敘利亞起源及特性)/Johan Ferreira 傅約翰





The paper provides an investigation into the origins and character of Tang Christianity in light of the Tang Christian Monument and the Christian Hymn from Dunhuang. After a brief survey of the history of research and a concise description of Syriac Christianity, it offers a comparsion between the religious sentiments and language of the two mentioned Tang Christian texts and Syriac Christianity. The paper argues that Tang Christianity has been misunderstood by applying the Nestorian label to it. Instead, Tang Christianity reflects Syriac traditions and should be undertsood in its own right.