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Maps of the Early Church
All boundaries, and borders of countries, are approximate.
The Church dates from the Day of Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit came to the apostles with power, and when Peter preached his first sermon to the assembled crowds of Jerusalem. (Acts, chapter 2).
Christianity was carried by travelers along the trade routes. In AD 301 Armenia became the first country to accept Christianity as a state religion. Christian communities formed in Ethiopia, in the region of Kerala along the Malabar coast of South India (the home of the Mar Thoma Christians), and in northern regions of China (as recorded by tombstones and the Nestorian Stele of Chang'an). Also, some of the Mongol tribes became Christians. These communities were isolated by the distances involved, and by the later spread of Islam. They differed from the Western Churches in that they held to the views of Nestorius on the relationship of the human and divine nature of Christ, and used Syriac translations of the Scriptures.
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