TJCP Vol. 02 Issue.01

Historical Sketch of Saint Thomas in Taxila

Wajid Bhatti


Taxila was ruled ruled by various political dynasties like Achaemenians, Greeks, Indo-Greeks, Mauryans, Scythians, Parthians, Kushans, Sassanians, and White Huns. During the Parthian rule, St. Thomas visited Taxila. As a faithful disciple of Jesus Christ, he sowed the seed of Christianity in Taxila. After the ascension of Jesus Christ, the Disciples of Christ dispersed all around the world, and St. Thomas selected the Indian region to spread the Gospel. The whole story of St. Thomas is based on Gnostic record “Acts of Thomas” and few sources of Synoptic records. All these records narrate his visit in South India and North-West India (Pakistan). He was sold by Habban, a foreign trader around 52 CE. He moved to Mailepuram (Mylapore) and then to Taxila. After preaching in Taxila he moved to China. He converted many prominent rulers among was Gondophares, the king of Taxila and his brother Gad. The research aims (a) to trace and identify the vestiges of St. Thomas’ presence in Taxila. (b) to add some historical evidence in Eastern & Western Church history (c) to fill gaps in early Christian history of Pakistan. Historical evidences has revealed the Jewish settlement which existed long before St. Thomas' visit in Taxila.

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