1st Edition

Jingjiao The Church of the East in China and Central Asia

Edited By Roman Malek Copyright 2006
    710 Pages 142 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    710 Pages 142 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The contributions in this volume were mostly first presented at the conference "Research on Nestorianism in China. Zhongguo jingjiao yanjiu 中國景教研究" held in Salzburg, 20– 26 May 2003. Like the conference, the volume explores the subject of "Nestorianism" (jingjiao, "Luminous Religion") in a variety of aspects. The material of the present collection is organized in five parts. The first part presents different aspects of the past and current research on jingjiao. The second part discusses jingjiao in the Tang dynasty, especially the question of the "Nestorian" texts and documents, their authenticity and theology. The third part deals with the "Nestorian" inscriptions and remains from the Yuan dynasty, especially from Quanzhou. Part four is dedicated to questions of the Church of the East in Central Asia and other historically relevant countries. The last part of the book presents a "Preliminary Bibliography on the Church of the East in China and Central Asia" prepared especially for this volume.

    Part I:

    Matteo Nicolini-Zani: Past and Current Research on Tang Jingjiao Documents: A Survey

    T.H. Barrett: Buddhism, Daoism and the Eighth Century Chinese Term for Christianity. A Response to Recent Work by Antonino Forte and Others

    Part II:

    Stephen Eskildsen: Parallel Themes in Chinese Nestorianism and Medieval Daoist Religion

    Chen Huaiyu: The Connection between Jingjiao and Buddhist Texts in Late Tang China

    Max Deeg: Towards a New Translation of the Chinese Nestorian Documents from the Tang Dynasty

    Lin Wushu: Additional Notes on the Authenticity of Tomioka’s and Takakusu’s Manuscripts

    Gunner B. Mikkelsen: Haneda’s and Saeki’s Editions of the Chinese Nestorian Zhixuan anle jing. A Comment on Recent Work by Lin Wushu

    Wang Ding: Remnants of Christianity from Chinese Central Asia in Medieval Ages

    Ge Chengyong: The Live Style of Nestorian Preachers and Their Cultural Influence on China during the Tang Dynasty (Chin.)

    Jürgen Tubach: Deuteronomistic Theology in the Text of the Stele of Xi’an

    Benoit Vermander: The Impact of Nestorianism on Contemporary Chinese Theology

    Part III:

    Zhou Liangxiao: Chinese Nestorianism in the Jin and Yuan Dynasties (Chin.)

    Niu Ruji: Nestorian Inscriptions from China (13th – 14th Centuries)

    Geng Shimin: Reexamination of the Nestorian Inscription from Yangzhou (Chin.)

    Xie Bizhen: The History of Quanzhou Nestorianism

    Samuel N.C. Lieu: Nestorian Remains from Zaitun (Quanzhou) South China

    Majella Franzmann and Samuel N.C. Lieu: A New Nestorian Tombstone from Quanzhou: Epitaph of the Lady Kejamtâ

    Tjalling Halbertsma: Some Notes on Past and Present Field Research on Gravestones and Related Stone Material of the Church of the East in Inner Mongolia, China. With 21 Illustrations of the Hulsewé-Wazniewski Project in Inner Mongolia

    Ken Parry: The Art of the Church of the East in China

    Peter Zieme: A Cup of Cold Water. Folios of a Nestorian-Turkic Manuscript from Kharakhoto

    Pier Giorgio Borbone: Princess Sara’s Gospel Book. A Syriac Manuscript Written in Inner Mongolia?

    Tang Li: Sorkaktani Beki: A Prominent Nestorian Woman at the Mongol Court

    Maurizio Paolillo: A Nestorian Tale of Many Cities. The Problem of the Identification of Urban Structures in Önggüt Territory during the Yuan Dynasty according to Chinese and Western Sources

    Part IV:

    Heleen (H.L.) Murre-van den Berg: The Church of the East in Mesopotamia in the Mongol Period

    Philipp G. Rott: Christian Crosses from Central Asia

    Wassilios Klein – Philipp Rott: Einige problematische Funde von der Seidenstraße: Novopokrovka IV und V, Issyk-Kul’-Gebiet, Chotan

    Michel van Esbroeck, s.j. († 2003): Caucasian Parallels to Chinese Cross Representations

    Christoph Baumer: Survey of Nestorianism and of Ancient Nestorian Architectural Relics in the Iranian Realm

    Wilhelm Baum: Shirin – Christian Queen of Persia. History and Myth

    Jacob Thekeparampil: Vestiges of East Syriac Christianity in India

    Part V:

    Preliminary Bibliography on the Church of the East in China and Central Asia.


    Roman Malek S.V.D. (1951–2019) was a Sinologist (Ph.D., University of Bonn, 1984; postdoctoral thesis, ibid., 2003) and an expert of religions in China, in particular Daoism and Christianity. He was professor emeritus of history of religions at the Philosophical-Theological Faculty S.V.D. at Sankt Augustin, Germany, and the former director and editor-in-chief of the Monumenta Serica Institute, Sankt Augustin, an academic institution maintained by the Society of the Divine Word. Under his editorship from 1992 to 2012, 20 volumes of the Sinological journal Monumenta Serica and 75 volumes of the Institute’s book series were published, among them many titles on the history of Christianity in China., e.g., on important China missionaries such as Johann Adam Schall von Bell, Ferdinand Verbiest, and Giulio Aleni.