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The Power and the GloryJohn Ross and the Evangelisation of Manchuria and Korea

The Power and the Glory

John Ross and the Evangelisation of Manchuria and Korea

John Stuart Ross
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… goes well beyond a simple biographical statement of his life, but thoroughly sets him and his missionary work in the church, social, and cultural context of his time, both in the Scotland, and in China. This is a must read for anyone interested in missions and Christianity in East Asia.

James H. Grayson , Professor Emeritus, School of East Asian Studies, The University of Sheffield

This is a thrilling story, taking the reader through the God–given successes of Ross’s labours, as well as the immense challenges he faced, including the Boxer Rising. It is a thoroughly worthy memorial to Ross, the missionary and translator, but supremely a timeless and inspiring testimony to the fruit which follows the faithful sowing of Gospel seed.

Donald Meek, Professor Emeritus, Scottish and Gaelic Studies, Edinburgh University

… an inspiring, engaging and realistic portrait of a missionary namesake who left a profound legacy in the Chinese and Korean churches.

Donald John MacLean, Adjunct Professor of Historical Theology, Westminster Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Newcastle

Packed solid with carefully documented information, the author has written in a narrative style which draws you to read on. With its many helpful theological and cultural insights, it is a book set to become a classic.

David Ellis, An engineer, former minister of the Church of Scotland and Director of OMF International UK

For the first time in the English language, we finally have a comprehensive retelling of the life and work of John Ross, the important Scottish missionary to Manchuria (Northeast China) and Korea (then, the ‘Hermit Kingdom’). This is a meticulously researched and immensely readable book that weaves together the fascinating biography of the man John Ross with the social, religious, and imperial history and context which shaped him and his mission. We are told of the ways he relied on and empowered local Chinese and Korean coworkers in the work of the Gospel, the intellectual contributions he and his collaborators made—not least the first Korean New Testament—and the enduring legacy which has been left behind. This is such a wonderfully captivating read.

Alexander Chow, Senior Lecturer of Theology and World Christianity, School of Divinity, University of Edinburgh, and editor of Scottish Missions to China (Brill 2022).

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