Lectures on St. Thomas and The Syrian Christians of Kerala

Introduction to Dr. Sarah Knight

Dr. Sarah Knight is a scholar in the history of the Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Church in Kerala, India. Dr. Knight was born and brought up in a Jacobite Syrian Orthodox family in Kerala, and is a member of this Church. She gained a Masters and M.Litt. in English Language and Literature, and worked as a lecturer in universities in several countries, including the University of Bombay in India, Shinshu University, Japan, and the University of Cambridge, England. In the recent past she changed discipline to the study of the History of the Syriac Orthodox Church both in Syria and in Kerala, taking her doctorate from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. She lives in Cambridge.

Lecture 1 – The Blessed City of Edessa

In this first part of a series on “St. Thomas and The Syrian Christians of Kerala”, Dr. Sarah Knight talks about how Edessa became Christian during the first century AD and about historical research on the story of St. Thomas coming to India in 52 AD.

Lecture 2 – St. Thomas in India – Refuting Scholarly Objections

Dr. Sarah Knight continues by describing the Syrian Christian narrative about St. Thomas’ travels and missionary activities in India. Over the past 300 years, many scholars and historians have rejected that St. Thomas came to preach in India and that Christianity in India dates back to the 1st-2nd century AD. She then refutes these arguments point by point with important geographical and archaeological details from her research.

Lecture 3 – Historical Sources for the St. Thomas Narrative

In this third part of “St. Thomas and The Syrian Christians of Kerala”, Dr. Sarah Knight describes the stories of each of the churches St. Thomas established, and about the primary and secondary historical sources we have.