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Assyrian Church of the East

A church belonging to the eastern branch of Syriac Christianity, the origins of the Assyrian Church of the East are traced to Patriarch Shimun XIII of the Chaldaean Church, itself, an offshoot of the old Church of the East. In 1672, the Church of the East experienced a schism when Shimun transferred his see to the Ottoman Empire, and discontinued communion with the Church of Rome, resulting in the creation of two rival patriarchates: the Chaldean Catholic Church, which entered communion with Rome, and the church that was later to be known as the Assyrian Church of the East. The schism was primarily over issues related to church leadership and theology. The Assyrian Church of the East adopted its name in 1976, and considers itself a continuation of the Church of the East.

Church Officials
Name
Tenure
Patriarchs of the Assyrian Church of the East
Rival Church of the East patriarchate established in 1672; claimed continuation of the old patriarchate
Shimun XIII Denkha (Patriarch of the Chaldean Catholic Church until 1672) 1672–1700
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Shimun XIV Shlimun 1700–40
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Shimun XV Michael Muktes 1740–80
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Shimun XVI Yohannan   1780–1820
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Shimun XVII Auraham  1820–61
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Shimun XVIII Ruben  1861–1903
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Shimun XIX Benjamin 1903–18
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Shimun XX Paulus  1918–20 
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Shimun XXI/Shimun XXIII 1920–75
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Assumed the current name of the Assyrian Church of the East 1976
Denkha IV 1976-2015 
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Giwargis III  2015–
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