MAIASP. 2021. No. 13

D.P. Shulga (Novosibirsk, Russia)

NESTORIAN CHRISTIANITY IN TANG CHINA (ACCORDING TO THE EPITAPH OF MI JIFEN)

DOI: 10.53737/2713-2021.2021.71.57.034

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Formulated by a native of the Antioch Theological School, Archbishop of Constantinople Nestorius radical diophysitism not only caused active controversy within the Mediterranean Christendom but also became the starting point for the rapid advancement of evangelical ideas into Asia up to the Far East. Despite the fact that the theologoumenon of Nestorius quickly emerged from theological practice, we know Syrian Christians of the Silk Road as Nestorians in Western historiography. On the territory of the PRC (People's Republic of China), primarily through epigraphic and archaeological sources, at the same time it is revealed a lot of new information about the existence of a bright doctrine on the territory of the Celestial Empire (a famous exonym derived from the name of Nestorius who was not known in China, therefore they called the new religion 景教, where the first hieroglyph means sunlight, radiance, and brilliance, and the second teaching, religion). In this work, based on materials discovered in recent decades, the author will try to partially reconstruct the existence of Christianity among the Sogdians, who were one of the most active trading nations on the Great Silk Road. One of the interesting categories of equipment that we often see in the burials of Sogdians is Romean coins (and more often it is imitations of such of varying degrees of quality). Often such solids carry Christian symbols (though their general semantics and functions are debatable). But at the same time, for example, the Nestorian religion of the Mi Jifen family proves that the Nestorian stele installed in Changan is by no means a lonely and random artifact. Although the number of followers of shining teachings in the Tang Empire itself and Western destinies vassal to China cannot be accurately estimated, it is quite certain that many Christians from there influenced the religious life of the Celestial Empire.

Key words: history, epigraphy, East Europe, Hebrew inscriptions.

Received September 11, 2021

Accepted for publication September 21, 2021

About the author:

Shulga Daniil Petrovich (Novosibirsk, Russia). Candidate of Historical Sciences, Associate Professor of the international Relations and Humanitarian Cooperation Department, Siberian Institute of Management the branch of Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration under the President of the Russian Federation

E-mail: alkaddafa@gmail.com