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Thomas Christians
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Populating the Kerala coast of India, the Thomas Christians ascribe their origins to the apostle Thomas’ evangelization of the subcontinent (Thomas [Apostle]; Mission). Traditionally belonging to the Persian Church of the East, various of them now affiliate with the Roman Catholic, Syrian Orthodox, or other Christian churches (Frykenberg, 2008; Perczel, 2019). Their liturgical langu…

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Andrade, Nathanael, “Thomas Christians”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 02 October 2023 <>
First published online: 2022

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