St Thomas in Taxila
10 March 2013
The ‘proof’ supporting this theory is a manuscript titled The Acts of St Thomas that was discovered in 1822 in Syria. According to this document, St Thomas having been assigned by Jesus to teach the gospel in India, arrived by boat at the seaside capital of King Gondophares. Working miracles, he successfully converted the king and all his subjects to Christianity.
Driven by religious zeal, King completely overlooked the fact that the cross was not discovered inside any identifiable stratum of the ruins but outside in a field by a farmer. And so based entirely on ignorance and enthusiasm, the belief took root that St Thomas had converted northern Punjab to Christianity at a very early date.
posted by Salman Rashid @ 11:52 AM,
- At March 10, 2013 at 7:05 PM, said...
Another myth busted. Thanks SR.
- At March 10, 2013 at 7:07 PM, the ethical man said...
St Thomas reached India from Calicut port Kerala in 1st century..even before christianity reached Europe..
The people he converted in Kerala are still called Syrian Christians..
How he reached Taxila is wonder to me..!! because he was killed on the order of an probably Tamil Indian king ..cause he wanted to convert him and also he ridiculed Tamil local Gods ..
- At March 11, 2013 at 8:56 AM, Salman Rashid said...
@the ethical man
True. This thing about St Thomas in Taxila is only a myth. He never came here. The detail can be found in my book The Salt Range and the Potohar Plateau (pg 46-48).
- At April 4, 2013 at 11:17 PM, said...
There are mutiple ancient documents indicating that early christians and even jesus travelled to this part of the world. This is not a myth and even there is documentary evidence.
- At September 14, 2013 at 11:56 AM, Adnan Daniel said...
According to Eusebius' record, the apostles Thomas and Bartholomew were assigned to Parthia (modern Iran) and India. By the time of the establishment of the Second Persian Empire (AD 226), there were bishops of the Church of the East in northwest India, Afghanistan and Baluchistan (including parts of Iran, Afghanistan, and Pakistan), with laymen and clergy alike engaging in missionary activity...
- At November 13, 2014 at 12:55 PM, said...
Not just St.Thomas but Christ also travelled to India. It is also mentioned in old Indian and Budhist writings
- At April 24, 2016 at 4:26 PM, fertileeast said...
Nothing wrong with all these hypothesises,so far back in history who is right who is wrong is of no consequences,legends in any case have always been founded in some kind of truth,I remember reading this book telling the story of jesus,thomas and mary " on the road " to india,with mary having her tomb in marri and jesus samadhi in srinagar while fellow thomas enshrined on the outside of madras,well no harm makes history reads like sherlock holmes,life after all is not that serious. Love very much this blog of yours makes fantastic reading on a sunday hot afternoon in tamil nadu
- At April 25, 2016 at 3:48 PM, Salman Rashid said...
You're very kind Fertile East. Thank you so much.