St. Thomas & the Native Judeo-Dravidian Malankara Nasrani Church – A Brief Overview

32 Pages Posted: 6 Mar 2019

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George Alexander

Center for Orthodox Studies (COS)

Date Written: February 07, 2019


A look into the Judeo-Dravidian origins of the native Malankara Nasrani Christians, otherwise known as St. Thomas Christians of Malabar. Probably Malankara Nazranies (St.Thomas Christians for the western world ) have long been wrongly identified by Christendom. But thanks to new researches and evidence based on scientific methodology followed in modern historiography, we are on the right track in identifying one of the oldest Christians (probably more suitable term is Religion of Yeshu or Followers of Yeshu) of the world. Syriac Christianity always quarreled to take custodianship of Malankara Nazranies, especially Nestorians and Syriac Orthodox. Colonialist churches like Roman Catholics were later day entrant to this race. Unfortunately far away from the Roman or Persian empire, Malankara Nazranies kept their identity and heritage entirely different and intact from these colonial/subjugating churches of the western world. Though much damage has been done by these colonizers, Malankara Nazranies are on their path to identify their self-respect and original history. This is one of the articles describing (though peripherally) the subject well for initial reading.

Keywords: St. Thomas Christian, Nasrani, Christianity, South India, history of Christianity, Malankara, Kerala Christians, Nestorian, Religion

Suggested Citation

Alexander, George, St. Thomas & the Native Judeo-Dravidian Malankara Nasrani Church – A Brief Overview (February 07, 2019). Available at SSRN: or

George Alexander (Contact Author)

Center for Orthodox Studies (COS) ( email )


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