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British Mission to the Jews in Nineteenth-century Palestine - Yaron Perry

British Mission to the Jews in Nineteenth-century Palestine

Paperback Published: 1st May 2003
ISBN: 9780714683850
Number Of Pages: 230

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A hundred years before the League of Nations gave Britain the Mandate over Palestine, the emissaries of the "London Society for Promoting Christianity Amongst the Jews," a Protestant organization, were the first to take root in the Holy Land. From 1820 onwards, their pioneering efforts compelled other churches, and the European powers that they represented, as well as the Jewish world, to become more engaged in the vigorous activities taking place in the Land of Israel, in order not to allow the Protestants to hold sway. Thus, the Society initiated a process that was to be of significant value in the restoration of the country when it was transformed, mainly as a result of mass Jewish immigration, from a remote and isolated region into one of the most flourishing provinces of the Ottoman Empire.
The initial hopes of the Society to hasten the second advent of the Christian Messiah through the conversion of the Jews were not realized. Only a handful of the Jews in the country were "caught in the Mission's net." Yet the society - by establishing the first modern institutions of medical care, education and charity - made a valuable contribution to progress in general.
Although the London Mission was only one among scores of missionary societies, some quite short-lived, which were active in the country during the 19th century, the Jewish community considered it the most dangerous. For this reason, it has received hardly any mention in Israeli historiography.
Yaron Perry's account reveals, without bias or partiality, the story of the Society and its unique contribution to the restoration of the Holy Land.

List of Illustrationsp. ix
Prefacep. xi
Introductionp. 1
Political and Ideological Backgroundp. 1
Worldwide Activities of the London Societyp. 7
1809-1841p. 12
Birth of a Societyp. 12
Exploratory Expeditionsp. 16
Striking Rootp. 22
Efflorescence of a Churchp. 30
Medical Missionp. 40
An Additional Perspectivep. 42
1842-1845p. 52
The Anglo-Prussian Bishopricp. 52
The Alexander Periodp. 57
The Church in Jerusalemp. 66
The Hospital in Jerusalemp. 71
Safedp. 78
Jaffap. 80
Hebronp. 81
Tiberiasp. 82
Christian von Bunsenp. 84
1846-1881p. 92
The Gobat Periodp. 92
Declinep. 98
The Hospital in Jerusalemp. 104
The Church in Jerusalemp. 107
Educational Institutions in Jerusalemp. 109
Jaffap. 113
Safedp. 114
The Barclay Periodp. 116
Resurgencep. 119
1882-1896p. 126
High Hopesp. 126
The Blyth Periodp. 131
The New Hospital in Jerusalemp. 133
Other Institutions in Jerusalemp. 139
Safedp. 142
Jaffap. 149
Hebronp. 155
The Agricultural Settlement of Artoufp. 156
Visits to the Jewish Settlementsp. 165
The Response to Jewish Immigrationp. 166
1897-1914p. 175
The Zionist Periodp. 175
Institutions in Jerusalemp. 179
The Safed Hospitalp. 185
The Safed Churchp. 190
Haifap. 193
World War Onep. 197
Oppositionp. 198
Conclusionp. 203
Bibliographyp. 211
Indexp. 227
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ISBN: 9780714683850
ISBN-10: 071468385X
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 230
Published: 1st May 2003
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.24  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.35
Edition Number: 1