An excerpt from Robert Louis Wilken’s The First Thousand Years:
In the early sixth century, a merchant set out from Egypt to sail to the southern coast of India. Like earlier visitors from the Roman Empire, he had undertaken the long journey to bring home peppercorns from the Malabar coastal region, and he called India the land where “pepper grows.”
The name of the sixth-century traveler was Cosmas, and because of his journey to India he is known to historians as Cosmas Indicopleustes, Cosmas the Indian Navigator. Cosmas was a Christian, and in his Christian Topography he reports on Christian communities discovered in his travels. He spent some time in Malabar, the southwestern coast of India, in present-day Kerala, where he found a church with a bishop appointed from Persia. He also visited Socotra, an island in the Arabian Sea, approximately two hundred miles south of Yemen and east of Somalia, where there were Christians with clergy who received their ordination from Persia. But even more striking, he got as far as Ceylon (present-day Sri Lanka) and there he discovered a church composed of “Persian Christians” performing, in his words, the “full ecclesiastical rite.”
Our histories tell us little about the mission to the Far East. As the spread of Christianity to northern Europe was the work of Latin-speaking monks, and the spread of Christianity among the Slavs was the work of Greek-speaking monks, so the spread of Christianity to the east was the work of Syriac-speaking monks from the Church of the East.
Best book for the instruction level on the first thousand years of Christian history. My seminary professor said he's been waiting for a book like this for a long time. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Steve Lee
This is a fascinating and very readable history of the growth of the Church from a small band of mostly unschooled disciples to the dominant force in Western civilization. Mr. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Timothy D Stoker
After reading many of the Amazon reviews and also discovering that the author is a fellow at the St. Read morePublished 4 months ago by CHRISTOPHER
Wilkin presents Church history of the first millennium from a different perspective than from West looking to Europe as the center. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Jerry Brown
Print of document: The print is a bit to small. Plus it could be in a more bold type. I was actually looking for more information regarding the the first three hundred years of... Read morePublished 6 months ago by William FH Zersen
This book is so well written that complicated and potentially confusing issues are explained most patently. Read morePublished 7 months ago by W. Cheung
not quite the book that I ordered - it was only the 'first series' of a complete 'two series' work.Published 7 months ago by Ewen Donald Cameron
A clear, inclusive, and informative survey of the first thousand years of Christianity, exceptional for its moving beyond the church of Europe to include the churches of Africa and... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Thomas P. Rausch
The book was meant for a class.
But i jus loved the style of writin of Wilken. It is completely different and way more entertaining than any other boring history book.