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The Nestorian Monument: An Ancient Record of Christianity in China

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THE ORIGINAL NESTORIAN STONE.

As it now stands in the Peilin or "Forest of Tablets" in Sianfu.

 

 

THE

NESTORIAN MONUMENT



AN ANCIENT RECORD OF CHRISTIANITY IN CHINA



WITH SPECIAL REFERENCE TO THE EXPEDITION OF

FRITS V. HOLM

MEMBER OF ROYAL ASIATIC SOCIETY, LONDON, ETC., ETC.


EDITED BY

DR. PAUL CARUS


CONTAINING:
MR. HOLM'S ACCOUNT OF HOW THE REPLICA WAS PROCURED, THE ORIGINAL CHINESE TEXT OF THE INSCRIPTION, A. WYLIE’S ENGLISH TRANSLATION, AND HISTORICAL NOTES ON THE NESTORIANS



ILLUSTRATED



REPRINTED FROM “THE OPEN COURT” OF JANUARY, 1909, WITH NUMEROUS ADDITIONS



CHICAGO
THE OPEN COURT PUBLISHING COMPANY
1909

 

 
 

THE CONTENTS OF THIS BOOK.

 

THE Nestorian monument in the interior of China is of extreme interest to all students of religion, especially in the field of the history of Christian missions. It was set up in 781 A. D., and since it was discovered by accident in 1625, several Chinese and Western scholars have made it the object of their inquiry.

Mr. Frits V. Holm of Denmark has recently undertaken the laborious task to procure a replica of the stone which he has brought to the United States.

In art "replica" means an exact copy of the original made by the artist himself. For simplicity's sake, however, we follow Mr. Holm in using the term in the sense that his copy is exactly like the original, made of the same material so that only with the greatest difficulty could it be distinguished from the original.

The present little book contains all the information necessary for a comprehension of the significance of the monument, its history, its place in the history of China and its meaning to Christianity. The contents of the present publication are as follows:

The Original Text of the Nestorian Monument.

Translation of the Nestorian Inscription by A. Wylie.

The Holm-Nestorian Expedition to Sian 1907, by Frits V. Holm: followed by a Communication on the Exploits of Mr. Von Holm.

Nestorius and the Nestorians.

The Nestorians in China. According to the late S. Wells Williams.


This work is in the public domain in the United States because it was published before January 1, 1924.


The author died in 1930, so this work is also in the public domain in countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 80 years or less. This work may also be in the public domain in countries and areas with longer native copyright terms that apply the rule of the shorter term to foreign works.