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By Michael Marten

This booklet examines the position of the Scottish church buildings as a part of the British imperial company within the heart East. those missions had as their acknowledged target the conversion of Jews to Protestantism, but in addition 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 tools 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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That ... it would be inexpedient to think of occupying Palestine at present; and while keeping the Station prominently before them, ... the following arrangements should be made for the ensuing year, viz – that Dr. Duncan should be stationed in Holland and ... Mr Pieritz should be sent there ... with him, if he was employed by the Committee [which as already pointed out, did not then happen], that Mr Smith & Mr Allan should be stationed at Pesth and Mr Edwards and Mr Phillips remain ... 87 It can be regarded as no mean achievement that in a little over three years the Committee had five staff working in a mission field that until that time had been completely new to Scottish church life, although the Committee was clearly struggling to maintain the work.

104 The self-perception of the Free Church was not of being The Beginnings 39 a ‘breakaway’ church but rather of being the ‘true’ church. The Church of Scotland found itself being abused as the ‘residuary establishment’ and it took some time for it to recover its energy following the departure of approximately 38% of its ministers, 40% of its membership, and a still higher percentage of its elders,105 leading ‘within a short time ... 108 This pattern is of particular relevance when considering missions, since the middle-classes had become ever more confident following the 1832 Reform Act (which gave much of the middle-class the vote109).

As they travelled, they analysed the situation they found using the Biblical tools they had, apparently in the expectation, initially at least, that the country would be as described in the Bible, despite the centuries that had past. When this was not the case, their Biblical analysis helped them out. 9 They believed the land in general to be under a curse because of the supposed rejection by Jews of the Christian messiah. ’12An extensive knowledge of Old Testament prophetic texts is apparent in all that they wrote, underpinning a pervading geopious sentiment.

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