Christian Assyrians are often confronted with doubt about their Assyrian identity, but such doubts are entirely based on false assumptions. For example John Joseph, in his “Nestorians and their Muslim neighbors,” claims that this people are Nestorian and not Assyrian. He contends that, until the mid 19th century they had not called themselves by that name.
A new book by William M Warda, titled: “Assyrians Beyond the Fall of Nineveh”, provides irrefutable historical and archaeological evidences to prove the survival of the ancient Assyrians, after their 612 BC defeat, and the progression of their descendants into the Christian era. It also presents verbatim quotes by Christian Assyrian writers who in different centuries of Christianity have identified their people as Assyrians. For example the 4th century Mar Ephraim in the following hymn imagines a Lullaby that Virgin Mary may have sang to the Child Christ, after the Assyrian Wise-men, who came to visit him departed.
“My little boy: Jews in slavery were taken to Assyria, and Babylon.
Their temple was plundered.
In return [now] Assyrians brought back what was taken;
they brought gifts to you my son Jesus.
See my son; the once mighty Assyrians,
Today they brought gifts and worshiped you.
The sons of the mighty, put down king’s crowns at your feet.”
Other Assyrians such as the fifth century poet Narsai, Church of the East patriarchs such as the 7th century Ishoyahab III, the ninth century Timothy, the 12th century poet Ghiwargis Warda Arbilaya, and others identified their people as Assyrians during different centuries.
Existence of the Assyrian communities in the cities of Ashur, Hatra, Nineveh, Edessa/Urhay, and other places where the ancient Assyrian religion was worshiped during the early centuries of Christianity provides compelling evidences about the transition of the ancient Assyrians into Christianity.
The 2nd part of the book deals with the history of the Assyrians during the last 2,600 years. It includes: information about their encounters with the people of other nationalities that ruled their homeland, including: the Persians, Greeks, Parthians, Sassanians, Arabs, Mongols, and Turks. The book also describes the Christian Assyrians’ extreme suffering, heroism, and achievements.
This is a book that every Assyrian should read, because, once and for all, it refutes all the false information that has been published about the Christian Assyrian’s history, and identity. It is now available at Amazon.com. https://www.createspace.com/Special/L/YourFeedback.jsp