Johannes Rebmann: A Servant of God in Africa Before the Rise of Western Colonialism

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Wipf and Stock Publishers, May 17, 2018 - Religion - 334 pages
This book is the revised and enlarged second edition of a biography of the missionary and linguist Johannes Rebmann (1820-1876), a Christian from Germany who worked in 19th-century East Africa. Rebmann was deeply influenced by the Movement of Pietism in his homeland Württemberg. He was trained to be a missionary in Basel, Switzerland, for the Anglican Church Missionary Society (CMS). From its base in London the CMS sent him to the Muslim-ruled and slavery-ridden Mombasa area of present-day Kenya. There he stayed for 29 years before returning home to Gerlingen near Stuttgart, blind and sick, soon to die. Rebmann was a faithful witness of Christ in word and deed. He experienced a lot of suffering and opposition, but was instrumental in establishing the Church in East and Central Africa. His lexicographical work facilitated succeeding missionaries. He compiled vocabularies of the Swahili and N(y)ika languages. Together with Salimini, a slave captured near Lake Nyasa (now Lake Malawi) by the Swahili Arabs, he made a dictionary of the ‘Kiniassa’, an important language in Central Africa, which is now usually called Chichewa.
 

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Contents

Preface
9
Introduction
15
Spiritual roots
25
From Gerlingen to Islington 18201846
41
With Johann Ludwig Krapf 18461855
55
From Cairo to Zanzibar 18511859
93
Fruits and loss
113
Lonely and enduring 18661875
139
Language Worker
183
The context of Muslim Slavery
209
Missionary
227
Herald
259
Bibliography
277
Saliminis Chichewa
291
A history of Chichewa lexicography
309
Index
327

The last passages 18751876
167

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Dr. Steven Paas (1942) published on European and African Church History, the phenomena of Christian Zionism and Israelism, and the lexicography of Chichewa.

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