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Dr. Jacob Kollaparambil


Rev. Dr. Jacob Kollaparambil, ‘the authentic Indian Church Historian’ from the St. Thomas Church was born at Kaduthurthy a historic parish in the Archeparchy of Kottayam in 15 July 1934. After his schooling he joined diocesan minor seminary, Kottayam and deepened his philosophical and theological formation from St. Joseph Seminary Aluva and Urbanian University Rome respectively. After his priestly ordination he did his doctorate in Canon Law from Lateran University, Rome; MA in History from Marquette University, Milwaukee, USA 1974 and Doctorate (History) from St Louise, Missouri, USA, 1979. After his admirable service both in the Syro Malabar Church and in the Archdiocese of Kottayam, he was taken for eternal bliss on 6th December 2014.


  • Secretary to Bishop o f Kottayam, Procurator of the Diocese, bursar of colleges, Pro manager of colleges, president of KSSS, Canon law professor, Pontificio Istituto Orientale (Rome), Dharmaram Vidya Kshetram, Rector Mar Makil, CJ of the Apostolic Process for the beatification of St. Alphonsa (1980 – 81)
  • Deputy Secretary of Syro – Malabar Bishop’s Conference, Member Nilackal Trust committee, Member of the Faith and Order Commission of the WCC (1984 – 90)
  • Vicar Kaduthuruthy, judge and Vice President of the Ordinary Tribunal of Syro Malabar Church, Director of Missionary society of Pius X, Chairman Caritas Hospital Trust, Vicar general of the Archdiocese of Kottayam (1994 – 2006).


  1. The Archdeacon of All-India: A Historic – Juridical Study, Rome 1972
  2. The St. Thomas Christians’ Revolution in 1653, Kottayam 1981
  3. The Babylonian Origin of the Southists among the St. Thomas Christians, Orientalia Christiana Analecta, Rome 1992
  4. The Knanaya Community in the History of Kerala, Kottayam 1999
  5. Thekkumbhaga Janatthinuvendi Vishudda Pattham Pius Sthapiccha Kottayam Athirupatha: Centenary Symposiums, Kottayam 2014 (ed. J. K & B. Mukulel)
  6. The sources of the Syro – Malabar Law, (Dr. Sunny Kokkaravalayil ed.), OIRSI 403, Kottayam 2015


  1. “Mar Dionysius the Great of Malabar for the One True Fold” in Orientalia Christiana Periodica 30 (1964) 184 – 192
  2. “Mar Atallah in the Light of Researches” (Malayalam) Apnades (1967)
  3. “The Laudatory Letter of Pope Alexander VII to the Southists in Bishop Tharayil’s Silver Jubilee Souvenir (1970)
  4. “Historical Sources on the Knanites” in the Knanaya Symposium part I (ed. By Vellian) 1986
  5. “Some Facts about the Knanayam Immigration” (Malayalam) 1981 (by J. K & J. Vellian)
  6. “The Knanaya Immigration and the Eparchy of Kottayam” (Malayalam) in the The Kottayam Diocese Platinum Jubilee Souvenir, 1986. (J. K & J. Poothrukayil)
  7. “Did Aloysius Cadmust meet Christians in Calicut?” in Orientalia Christiana Periodica 55 (1989) 207 – 212
  8. “Thomas Kinayi Immigration: Certain Facts” (Malayalam) Apnases 1989
  9. “The Canonical Institutes of the St Thomas Christians” (Ed. S. Kokkaravalayil SJ) 2007
  10. “Deportation of Demetrianus of Antioch and Multiple Jurisdiction in the Persian Church inInternational Syriac Conference, Kottayam, 1990
  11. “The Identity of Mar John of Persia and Great India who attended the First Council of Nicea” VI Symposium Syriacum in Orientalia Christiana Analecta 247 (1994)
  12. “The Persian Crosses in India are Christian, not Manichaean” Christian Orient 15 (1994) 24 – 35
  13. “Cross and Crucifix in the Syrian Tradition” in The Harp VIII – IX (1995/96) 177 – 183
  14. “Malayalam Palaeography Part I (Alphabets), Part II (Texts)”, Rome 1995
  15. “The Existing Pre – Diamper Syriac MSS in/from Malabar” Rome, 1996
  16. “The Institute of Yogam in the Oriental Churches” in Canonical Studies, Bombay 1996
  17. “Sources on the Hierarchical Structure of the St Thomas Christian Church in the Pre – Diamper Period” in (B. Puthur ed., The Life and Nature of the St Thomas Christian Church in the Pre Diamper period) LRC, Kochi 2000
  18. The Portuguese Text and the English translation of the “Report on the Serra (1603/1604)” by Bishop Francisco Ros SJ British Library MS Add. 9853, ff. 86 – 99 (525 – 538) ed. G. Nedungatt, The Synod of Diamper Revisited, Kanonika 9 (PIO 2001) Appendix III pp. 299 – 367
  19. “The Impact of the Synod of Diamper on the Ecclesiastical Identity of St. Thomas Christians”Kanonika 9, 147 – 172 (2001)
  20. “Knai Thoma Vishuddha Fromensius Alla” Apnades (2007)
  21. “Syro Malabar Sabhayude Klipta adhikarathinappuramulla knanayakarude ajapalana prasnangalum pariharamargangalum” (Malayalam leaflet)
  22. “Two documents in Vatteluttu (APF SOCG 233, ff. 54 – 55) Their Historical Context, contents and Malayalam Transcript” in TUVAIK studies in honour of Rev. Jacob Vellian (G. Karukaparambil ed.) 1995, 201 – 214
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