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By Michael Marten

This ebook examines the function of the Scottish church buildings as a part of the British imperial company within the heart East. those missions had as their acknowledged objective the conversion of Jews to Protestantism, but additionally tried to ""convert"" different Christians and Muslims. Michael Marten dicusses the missions to Damascus, Aleppo, Tiberias, Safad, Hebron and Jaffa. He describes the 3 major equipment of the missionaries' work--confrontation, schooling and medicine--as good because the ways that those have been communicated to their helping constituency in Scotland.

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Send such a Mission out, His Lordship would recommend that it should go in the first instance to Beyrout: and his Lordship will give ... letters of recommendation to Her Majesty’s Consul at Beyrout, instructing him to obtain ... all the information and every facility ... 81 The JMC resolved to thank Palmerston (no further communication from his office is recorded), and to proceed as quickly as possible with setting up a Palestine mission, waiting only for the return of a missionary at that time working in Jamaica, who could lead the work.

A converted Jew ... [if educated and ordained] would combine the advantages of both; still a Gentile fellow-labourer would always be desirable. Faith and perseverance are the grand requisites in a missionary to Israel. He should never abandon a station unless in the case of absolute necessity. He may make occasional tours in the country round about, but he must have a centre of influence. It is of the highest importance to retain his converts beside him, and form them into a church; for two reasons:- 1.

Palestine itself, however, was to remain untouched by the Scottish churches for another four decades. With the Disruption, the Church of Scotland was too busy trying to salvage the remains of its tattered structure and possessions to expend energy on overseas work. The Free Kirk, meanwhile, which all four missionaries in Hungary had joined (and all foreign missionaries but one had joined as well), dealt with a report on Jewish missions as one of its very first items at the 1843 General Assembly, and it continued to pursue mission work among Jews.

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