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Posted at Mar 17/2007 08:25PM:
Harry: One of the three main theological divisions of Christianity in the Middle East and having contact with Arabia during the 4th and 5th centuries CE. Nestorian Christians were centered in Mesopotamia and Persia. This sect believed that the figure of Jesus Christ has both divine and human beings that exist separately.
This is indicative of the fact that there were many voices, interests, and sources of contention when speaking of religion during this time, often within a single religion. This influenced many social conflicts and political situations, even amongst allies like the Byzantines (Chalcedonian Christians) and the Ghassanids (Monophysite Christians).
Posted at Mar 19/2007 09:35AM:
ian: Remember that it was Nestorians that seemed to have had the greatest role in east Arabia in the 5th -7th century. Why this group and not the others? (think Sasanians)