Chruch of St. Thomas and Archaeology

N. Ganesan naga_ganesan at HOTMAIL.COM
Thu May 27 12:45:56 UTC 1999

>"The Myth of St. Thomas and the Mylapore Shiva Temple" by Ishwar >Sharan;
>Published by 'Voice of India', Delhi

Thanks for the reference, Vishal. Most likely that
no material predating 16th century exists for Thomas' martyrdom
near Chennai.

>3. The author documents the history of St. Thomas Christians and
>states that they derive their name from Thomas of Canaai-  leader of a
>group of Nestorian Christians who fled persuecution in
>Persia (not sure about this) around 350 C.E.

There is a text of a copper plate inscription from 345 CE!;
Its translation is mounted on the web by Prof. Ninan; "Supposed"
to be from 345 A.D. If true, it could be very important to Keralan
history. The problem is that Ninan's version lists 72 honors
given to St. Thomas of Canaai; This list is typical for
Nayak period; *Definitely* not for 345 CE. Check it with any
epigrapist or historian of South India.

N. Ganesan

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