Fortress Press

St. Thomas and India: Recent Research

In St. Thomas and India, renowned scholars trace the historical, religious, and cultural connections link India’s Syrian Christian community with St. Thomas the Apostle. They use modern historiographical methods seek to corroborate the ancient tradition that tells of St. Thomas’s missionary journey to India in the middle of the first century, in which he established seven churches in some of the major commercial centers of Malabar. From this first churches, Christianity spread throughout the region. St. Thomas in India also examines the legacy of the ancient Christianity on the Syrian community in India today, as well as exploring the various cultural and religious connections between the Syrian church in Indian and other ancient churches in the east.

  • Publisher Fortress Press
  • Format Paperback
  • ISBN 9781506461366
  • eBook ISBN 9781506461373
  • Dimensions 6 x 9
  • Pages 200
  • Publication Date September 1, 2020


"This work will serve as great source of information and future researches on various aspects of Christianity in India. The distinguishing feature of the work consists in bringing together both the North Indian and South Indian activities of the Apostle consistently."
—Archbishop Joseph Powathil, Metropolitan Emeritus of Archdiocese of Changanacherry, Kerala
"While many matters will inevitably remain the subject of different opinions and controversy, readers of this volume are provided with a good insight into the nature of the evidence available and the different ways of approaching it that are possible."
—Sebastian Brock, Oriental Institute, Oxford University
"A beautiful book with state-of-the-art research on the St. Thomas Christians, the pioneers of Christianity in India, but also trailblazers of the globalization of Christianity, that discloses materials from India, France, Armenia, etc."
—Idesbald Goddeeris, Faculty of Arts, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
"St. Thomas and India: Recent Researches is an invaluable compendium of scholarship on the apostolate of St. Thomas in India and is a long overdue publication. The astounding range of essays of the volume analyzing different categories of sources from Europe, West Asia and India refine and consolidate our understanding of the geographies connected with the apostolic work of St.Thomas in India."
—Prof. Pius Malekandathil, Centre For Historical Studies, Jewaharlal Nehru University
"The present volume is a veritable treasure trove of eleven essays which could be of immense interest and use to scholars and the general reader alike."
—Prof. George Menachery, Chief Editor, the Thomas Encyclopedia