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THE CHINESE EMPIRE
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Montagu Bvauchantp. The Nestorian Tablet. This famous Tablet, discovered at Sian Fu, the capital of Shensi, records the arrival at that city, then the capital of the Empire, of the Nestorian Priest Olopun from Syria with the true sacred books, iu a.d. ti35. It -states the main points of Nestorian teaching, and that the sacred books were translated in the Imperial library. The Tablet was erected a.d. 781, and gives a brief summary of the Nestorian Christians in China from

A.D. 63.J to that date, nearly l.'iO years. The inscription is in Chinese and the Estrangelo Syrian characters.

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