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The First Protestant Missionary to India: Bartholomaeus Ziegenbalg 1683-1719 Hardcover – 4 Nov 1999

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  • Hardcover: 204 pages
  • Publisher: OUP India (4 Nov. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195649125
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195649123
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 2 x 14 cm
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,657,680 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This wholly admirable monograph offers a fascinating set of insights into Ziegenbalg's achievements in South India between 1706 and his death in 1719 ... this is the first work in English to present a rounded portrait of a remarkable pioneer ... In a brilliant final chapter Singh challenges those nationalist historians who have concluded that 'missionaries were bad for India'. (Journal of Ecclesiastical History)

His interpretation of Ziegenbalg is ... a generally sympathetic one. (P.J. Marshall, Times Literary Supplement)

Singh's informative and reflective account lucidly presents Ziegenbalg's life, work, and thought, and assesses what modern scholars might learn from him despite the enormous gaps between his world and ours ... a valuable addition to the field. (Religious Studies Review)


The book looks at the first Protestant missionary to India and explores a little-known corner of south India's cultural history. Ziegenbalg comes across as a flawed but gifted man who laid the foundations of an indigenous Church.

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