I am a pilgrim, a traveler, a stranger : exploring the life and mind of the first American missionary to the Middle East, the Rev. Pliny Fisk (1792-1825)
Contributor(s)Makari, Peter E.
KeywordsMissionaries -- Biography -- Palestine
Missionaries -- Biography -- United States
Missionaries -- Biography -- Middle East
Missions -- Middle East
Middle East -- Religion -- Middle East -- Middle East -- Palestine -- United States
Fisk, Pliny 1792-1825 -- Fisk, Pliny 1792-1825
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AbstractIn this book--part biography, part critical analysis--John Hubers introduces us to a man whose pioneering ministry in the Ottoman Empire has gone largely unnoticed since his memoir was penned in 1828, three years after his death in Beirut, by a seminary colleague. His name was Pliny Fisk, and he belonged to a cadre of New England seminary students whose evangelical Calvinism led them to believe that God was opening up a new chapter in the life of the Church that included an aggressive evangelism outside the borders of Christendom. Fisk and his friend Levi Parsons joined that effort in 1819 when they became the first American missionaries sent to the Ottoman Empire by the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions. Hubers's intent is to show the complexity of Fisk's character while examining the impact his move to the Middle East made on his perceptions of the religious other. As such, this volume joins a growing body of literature aimed at providing critical, historical, and religious context to the often checkered history of relations between American Christians and Western Asian peoples
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