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Indian Patristics: Rather Huge News

Regular visitors know that I am just a few shades shy of an obsession with the ancient traditions of St. Thomas’s apostolate in India. I hope to complete a book on the subject this year, and I may contribute to a documentary film. For years, Rick Hivner and Merging Currents fed my obsession by providing the subcontinent’s best religious and historical scholarship and astonishingly low prices. Then, on November 30, 2006, Rick took Merging Currents offline. Now he tells me that, after more than two years, Asian Trading Corporation in Bangalore finally has the website functioning again, with all the old book stock and helpful descriptions. I’m sharpening my credit card.

4 thoughts on “Indian Patristics: Rather Huge News

  1. FYI: I recently obtained a copy of a new DVD: Kerala, The Cradle of Christianity in South Asia, put out by Joseph J. Palackal. [Info at] Very nice visuals and a good overall view of Christianity and its music in southern India.

  2. i’d like to get my hands on translations of aphraat, is this the place to go? i clicked around but wasn’t able to find it.



  3. Bekman, Demonstrations 1, 5, 6, 8, 10, 17, 21, and 22 are availaible through the Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers collection, in various places online, like this one.

    Demonstrations 2 and 7 are available from Roger Pearse’s site, here. Just scroll down to Aphrahat to find the links.

    Most of the remaining Demonstrations (11, 12, 13, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, and 21 in full, and excerpts of 23) were translated by Jacob Neusner in his Aphrahat and Judaism: The Christian-Jewish Argument in Fourth-Century Iran (Brill, 1971).

    There is no single complete translation of St Aphrahat’s Demonstrations (yet!) in English. Someone will take care of that soon enough.

  4. Kevin,
    Those translations are good. But there is indeed a single complete translation of Aphrahat’s Demonstrations. Unfortunately, it’s available only in India. It’s in two volumes, translated by Kuriakose Valavanolickal. I’m holding it in my hands — bought it from Merging Currents.

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