Biography of the Rev. Henry Aaron Stern, D.D.

Biography of the Rev. Henry Aaron Stern, D.D. : For More than Forty Years a Missionary amongst the Jews: Containing an Account of his Labours and Travels in Mesopotamia, Persia, Arabia, Turkey, Abyssinia, and England

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Henry Aaron Stern (1820-85), of German Jewish birth, moved to London in 1839, converted to Christianity and became a lifelong missionary for the London Society for Promoting Christianity amongst the Jews. With his wife he preached in Palestine, Babylon, Constantinople, Baghdad, Persia, and to the Karaite Jews of the Crimea. Famously, in 1863, he was caught in a diplomatic dispute in Ethiopia that led to his imprisonment and eventual rescue, five years later, by a British military force. Stern was made a doctor of divinity in 1881. He wrote three memoirs, which were drawn on by Albert Augustus Isaacs (1826-1903), a vicar at Leicester who knew Stern personally. Isaacs's biography, first published in 1886, is hagiographic and written with religiosity. Nonetheless, it includes informative accounts of missionary work among Jewish communities, and remains a valuable source on the orientalism of Victorian Britain.
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  • Paperback | 518 pages
  • 116.84 x 215.9 x 33.02mm | 725.74g
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Reissue
  • 1 b/w illus.
  • 1108053505
  • 9781108053501

Table of contents

1. Introduction; 2. Early life; 3. Operative Jewish converts' institution and Hebrew college; 4. Jerusalem; 5. From Damascus to Bagdad; 6. The mission to Bagdad; 7. Babylon and Bussorah; 8. The Persian Gulf; 9. Missionary journeys in Persia; 10. Persepolis, Julfa, and Ispahan; 11. Hamdan; 12. Teheran, Mosul, and Nestoria; 13. Constantinople; 14. The Crimean War; 15. The Crimea; 16. Turkey in Europe; 17. Arabia-Felix; 18. Sanaa; 19. Abyssinia; 20. The Nile, Khartoum, Wochnee, and Tschelga; 21. Theodorus of Abyssinia; 22. The Aboona, the Abyssinian church, Genda; 23. The Falashas; 24. Missionary efforts; 25. Lake Tzana; 26. The Gumarah; 27. Abyssinian superstitions; 28. Return from Abyssinia; 29. Abyssinia revisited; 30. The time of tribulation; 31. Aggravated sufferings; 32. The conspirators; 33. The prospect of death; 34. The waves and billows; 35. England's sorrow and supplications; 36. Magdala; 37. English sympathy and English effort; 38. Sickness and death; 39. The British Embassy; 40. Royal sympathy; 41. The tidings of salvation in Amba Magdala; 42. The British expedition; 43. The day of deliverance; 44. The retrospect; 45. The present and the future; 46. London and the home mission; 47. The wanderers' home; 48. The preacher; 49. Testimonials of respect and affection; 50. The Victoria Institute; 51. The close of day.
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