CSI UK Telugu Christians

SOUVENIR
commemorating the 70th year of the
formation of
the Church of South India

 

CHURCH HISTORY OF INDIA

(Church of South India – An Adventure in Union) The Church of South India will be better understood and appreciated, as it celebrates 70 years of union of churches, if it is seen from the perspective of the India’s connections with the rest of the world and the Jewish history from ancient times and Indian Church with the world church and not in isolation. Indus Valley Civilization (2600-1900 BCE) had connections with the Egyptian and Mesopotamian civilizations. People of Indus valley were sea-faring and were engaged in extensive trading. The Aryans invaded India around 1500 BCE. The invasion of Alexander the Great (336-323 BCE), King of Macedonia, in 326 B.C and the resistance he faced at the hands of King of Punjab Porus at Jhelum river speak of not only of Greek connections but lay bare that India was known outside world. India is no stranger either to the Hebrew History. This can be traced from the time of King Solomon (967-928 BCE). There were trade connections with Palestine and Indian products were found in its markets through Arabian and Syrian trade routes. King Solomon received a cargo of gold, silver, sandal wood, pearls, ivory, apes, baboons and peacocks every three at the port of Ophir in the Red Sea: I kings 10: 11, 15, 22. The kingdom of Xerxes (486-465 BCE) of Persia extended up to India: Book of Esther 1: 1; 8: 9. The Hebrew word used ‘Hoduw’ (הידו (to denote a country is translated in English version is India. It is construed that ‘Hoduw’ may mean ‘Hindu.’ This place may refer to N.W parts of India. It is also history that when St. Thomas arrived on the west coast of India in 52 A.D., was found preaching to the Jews along with the other communities. Hence, there was a presence of Jewish community living.

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