By Michael Marten
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It is absolutely necessary to know the vernacular tongue, in order to be sure that you and they understand the same thing by the words employed. A Missionary ought to be well grounded in prophecy, and he should be one who fully and thoroughly adopts the principles of literal interpretation, both in order to give him hope and perseverance, and in order to fit him for reasoning with the Jews. It is not so much preaching talents as controversial that are required; yet it is to be hoped that both may soon be needed.
The chief characteristic of Palestinian Jews was felt to be that they were ‘strict Rabbinists’ and ‘superstitious in the extreme’, noting that ‘their real characteristic may be inferred from the fact, that those who come are the élite of the devotional and strictly religious Jews of other countries. 38 The Scots also make very practical enquiries about the health situation, the cost of living in Jerusalem and related matters. Before leaving, they summarise their assessment of the qualifications needed by a missionary to the Jews in Palestine.
The colonial and expansionist West had established its hegemony while proclaiming its Christianity. 160 It is to the exploration of the Scottish missionary aspect of this ‘economic and missionary victory’ that this book now turns, Chapter 2 exploring how the missions began and looking at the early attempts at missionary work in Greater Syria, before moving on in Chapter 3 to give an account of the larger scale missions in Palestine, particularly in Galilee and Hebron. The missionaries’ context and background is examined in Chapter 4, whilst Chapter 5 analyses the missionaries’ methods and their interaction with the local population.
Attempting to Bring the Gospel Home: Scottish Missions to Palestine, 1839-1917 (International Library of Colonial History) by Michael Marten