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A SHORT HISTORICAL ACCOUNT OF CHRISTIAN CONVERSIONS IN INDIA

A SHORT HISTORICAL ACCOUNT OF CHRISTIAN CONVERSIONS IN INDIA

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A SHORT HISTORICAL ACCOUNT OF CHRISTIAN CONVERSIONS IN INDIA

The first Indian convert to Christianity can be traced to the time when the Apostle Thomas, disciple of Jesus, came to India in around 48 AD. The Apostle Thomas sailed from Alexandra with Habban, the merchant king of Gundnaphor, to the Indus and reached Taxila (now in Punjab) about 48-49 AD. From there he went to Muziri on the Malabar Coast via Socotra about 50 AD. He reached Muziri in 51-52 AD. [1]
A SHORT HISTORICAL ACCOUNT OF CHRISTIAN CONVERSIONS IN INDIA

The first Indian convert to Christianity can be traced to the time when the Apostle Thomas, disciple of Jesus, came to India in around 48 AD. The Apostle Thomas sailed from Alexandra with Habban, the merchant king of Gundnaphor, to the Indus and reached Taxila (now in Punjab) about 48-49 AD. From there he went to Muziri on the Malabar Coast via Socotra about 50 AD. He reached Muziri in 51-52 AD. [1]

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A SHORT HISTORICAL ACCOUNT OFCHRISTIAN CONVERSIONS IN INDIA
The first Indian convert to Christianity can be tracedto the time when the Apostle Thomas, disciple ofJesus, came to India in around 48 AD. The ApostleThomas sailed from Alexandra with Habban, themerchant king of Gundnaphor, to the Indus andreached Taxila (now in Punjab) about 48-49 AD.From there he went to Muziri on the Malabar Coastvia Socotra about 50 AD. He reached Muziri in 51-52 AD. [1]A study of the book of the Acts in the NewTestament will reveal that the apostles often chosethe synagogues established in various Jewishsettlements of the world as an opening ground for the preaching of the Gospel. It has been reasonedthat Apostle Thomas
choice of the Tamil coast wasbecause of the flourishing Jewish settlements alongthe coast, in Madras and Cochin dating back tothe Jewish Diaspora or even back to KingSolomon
s trading centres in the Tamil coast. Therewere also many Roman trade settlementsflourishing in this coastal areas, as known by theabundant coin evidences in Arikkamedu, Calicut,Coimbatore and other places.Tradition holds that many Brahmin families wereconverted through the ministry of St. Thomas and
 
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seven churches were established in Palur, Muziri,Parur, Gokkamangalam, Chayal, Niranam, andQuilon. After forming several more congregationsout of Jews as well as of Dravidi people, ApostleThomas went to Meliapur where even the Raja wasconverted with many of his subjects. This infuriatedthe Brahmins (of Aryan origin).According to tradition, St. Thomas was speared todeath by Brahmins near Mylapore. According tomany early Church fathers, the mortal remains ofThomas were shifted from his tomb in India toEdessa.[2]After Thomas, came the Apostle Bartholomew whoministered in the Kalyan area of the West Coast. Hecame around 55 AD. From this time onwards thearea around Kalyan and the coasts had a largeChristian population. This has been authenticatedby historians such as Cosmos Indicopleustus (522AD).After Bartholomew came Pantaenus, the teacher of Clement, around 189AD on the West Coast.Bishop David of Barsa came around 295 AD.Thereafter, we can witness a number ofimmigrations from Syria. Kna Thomas came withMetropolitan Mar Joseph and a company ofreligious teachers as well as 400 Syrian Christians,who fled persecutions in Syria for their faith under Sapor II (339-379 AD). And thus, Christians grew innumber in India and spread to different parts of theland. Many Dravidians got converted. There was
 
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slow and steady mixing of the community offollowers from Jewish, Syrian, and Dravidi origin inthe Southern peninsula.Nestorian Christians as well as monks from BethAbhe and other monasteries came into Indiaduring the 4
th
century. Worshipping communitieswere found in large numbers in the Ganges Valleyof North India in 525 AD, according to Assemani.Christians were found in Punjab and Bihar.When Vasco DaGama visited Calicut in 1498 AD,he found over 2 lak Christians in the Kerala area.[3]The estimated population of Christians beforeVasco DaGama
s arrival was about one million inIndia. The percentage is about the same as oftoday.The ancient Christians of India were reputed for their industry, diction, respect for parents, elders,and clergy, and for their great contributions toDravidian literature. Converts to Christianity such asValluvar contributed to Tamil literature. Christianthemes can be found in a bulk of non-BrahminicTamil pietistic literature.The era of Hindu revivals throughout the land ofancient India beginning at the 6
th
and 7
th
centuryAD led to active persecution of non-brahminicalreligious systems such as Buddhism, Jainism, andChristianity. There was mass extermination ofBuddhist monks; many fled persecution. Non-brahminical literatures and signs were also wiped

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