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Memorial Volume of the First Fifty Years of the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions.

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Reference #: 1870

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Published by the Board, Boston, 1861. Quarto in pebbled cloth with the seal of the Board in blind; toned spine and edge-wear; VG overall: clean, square text block, with some minor bumping at the bottom corner. [xiv] & 462 pp. with a detailed Index, a description of the Jubilee Meeting and “Dr. Hopkins’s Historical Discourse”.

The last-mentioned material is worthy of study as it traces the foundation of this early attempt (1810) at Christian ecumenism in the ‘New World’, albeit still steeped in the rhetoric of the age: “The American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions had its origin in the desire of several young men in the Andover Theological Seminary to preach the gospel in the heathen world.” (p 41). Subsequent church mergers and issues including that of slavery altered its progress, but nevertheless the group constitutes, in historical perspective, the theological as well as the historical roots of inter-denominational work.

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