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781: The Nestorian Tablet
by Dr. Frits V. Holm
Posted: Wednesday, August 30, 2000 05:24 am CST

The Nestorian Tablet, discovered in Singanfu (Sianfu) in the 17th Century, contains the oldest Christian inscription in China. It records the names of the 67 Nestorian missionaries of the Church of the East who came to China. It was erected in 781 AD as indicated, in the days of the Patriarch Khnanesho, in the 2nd year of Kien-Chung of the Tang Dynasty, on the 7th day of the 1st month according to the inscriptions. (Courtesy of Dr. Frits V. Holm)

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