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Babylonia 689–627 B.C.: A Political History by Frame, Grant

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Illiteracy prevailed, especially among the independent and semi-independent tribes. During the period under study, Qasha (priest) Orahma of the Asheetha, who was considered the most leamed person among the Assyrian tribes, explained the leaming situation and why his people remained mostly illiterate by telling Badger, 'What do you expect? 28 Learning on modern lines was unknown among the Assyrians throughout the period oftheir decline. The situation changed only with the arrival of the westem missionaries, who provided several levels of education, notably theAmerican mission after Dr.

Memnon made his position quite c1ear by refusing to allow Nestorius and his adherents into the churches of the city. Patriarch John of Antioch had sent word ahead that he and his bishops would arrive Iate and asked for the opening of the council to be put off until they came; but Cyril, supported by Juvenal and Memnon, decided instead to speed things up. He c1early wished to take advantage of the situation, knowing that John and his bishops wanted to put him on trial for the anathemas he had hurled at Nestorius.

HeazeIl, The Woes of aDistressed Nation: Being an Account of the Assyrian People From 1914 to 1934 (London: Faith Press, 1934), 12. 9. Cutts, Christians Vnder the Creseent, 178. For the Assyrian custorns in the viiiage, see 20. 10. Maclean and Brown, The Catholicos, 11-12. 11. Cardinal Eugime Tisserant, secretaire de la s. Congregation oriental, L 'Eglise nestorienne (Paris: Letouzey et Ane, 1931), Arabic translation Kholasa Tarikhiya /il Kanisa al Kildanyiya, by Suleiman Saigh (Mosul, 1939), 147.

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