Posted by sankho from CPE-203-45-1-117.vic.bigpond.net.au (188.8.131.52) on Monday, November 18, 2002 at 0:29AM :
In Reply to: Re: Why Muslim Assyrians can't exist...... posted by sankho from CPE-203-45-1-117.vic.bigpond.net.au (184.108.40.206) on Monday, November 18, 2002 at 0:26AM :
Assyrians accepting Jesus’ teachings doesn’t seem so odd to me. At the time of Christ, there wasn’t this division of religions into the three great beliefs of today’s Middle East: Islam, Christianity and Judaism. It was Judaism and a whole lot of pagan beliefs. Assyrian religious belief was not a single, coherent religion. It took on many different forms. Then comes Jesus. He couldn’t have looked THAT foreign to the Assyrians of the day. He spoke the same language and was a close neighbour, from the same part of the world. Lots of Assyrians converted to Judaism ..... the queen of Arbela (Erbil), Queen Helena, for example, even before Abgar in 36AD.
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