Evangelizing Lebanon Hardback

Baptists, Missions, and the Question of Cultures

by Melanie E. Trexler;

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Evangelizing Lebanon

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In 1893, Said Jureidini, an Arabic-speaking Christian from the Ottoman Empire, experienced an evangelical conversion while attending the Chicago Worlds Fair. Two years later he founded the first Baptist church in modern-day Lebanon. For financial support, he aligned his fledgling church with American Landmark Baptists and, later, Southern Baptists. By doing so, Jureidini linked the fate of Baptists in Lebanon with those in the United States.In Evangelizing Lebanon, Melanie E. Trexler explores the complex, reflexive relationship between Baptist missionaries from the States and Baptists in Lebanon. Trexler pays close attention to the contexts surrounding the relationships, the consequences, and the theologies inherent to missionary praxis, carefully profiling the perspective of both the missionaries and the Lebanese Baptists.Trexler thus discovers a fraught mutuality at work. U.S. missionaries presented new models of church planting, evangelism, and educational opportunities that empowered the Lebanese Baptists to accomplish personal and communal goals.
In turn, Lebanese Baptists prompted missionaries to re-think their ideas about mission, Muslim-Christian relations, and even American foreign policy in the region.But Trexler also reveals how missionaries efforts to evangelize Muslims came to threaten the very security of the Lebanese Baptists. Trexler shows how Baptist missionary theology and praxis in Lebanon had more to do with bolstering an insular Baptist identity in the U.S. than it did in engaging in interfaith relationships with Lebanese Muslims. Ironically, American Baptists efforts to help ultimately spun out of control and led to unintended consequences. Trexlers study of Baptists in Lebanon serves as a warning for missional identity everywhere, Baptist or not: missionary insistence on a narrow and politically useful definition of what it means to be Christian can both aid and undermine, build and destabilize.

Evangelizing Lebanon by Melanie E. Trexler was published by Baylor University Press in September 2016. The ISBN for Evangelizing Lebanon is 9781481302593.

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Details for Evangelizing Lebanon

Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherBaylor University Press (September 2016)
Number of Pages264
Thickness28 mm
Height228 mm
Width152 mm
Product Code4456234
Page last updated 4th August 2017
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