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Apostolic Church of the East
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The Apostolic Church of the East came into being as an autocephalous church (Autocephaly) of the East Syrians in the Persian Empire during the first half of the 5th century; at the end of the same century it embraced Antiochene Christology (Antioch). Since that time it has been known as the Nestorian Church or, in the modern period, the Assyrian Church. Its metropolies (with suffragan sees) have been under the authority of the catholicos-patriarch in Seleucia-Ctesiphon or, from the 8th century, Baghdad. Under Islamic rul…

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Hage, Wolfgang, “Apostolic Church of the East”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 23 October 2019 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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