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The Many Purposes Of Missionary Work: Annie Royle Taylor As Missionary, Travel Writer, Collector And Empire Builder

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This chapter discusses the case of Jakob Spieth, the most important and influential missionary of the Bremen Mission in West Africa. It analyses the complexities of the missionary role(s) and modes of self-reflection and, therefore, has its focus on a number of paradoxes: why did Spieth the missionary try to exclude African culture and tradition from the African answer to the call of the biblical God, whereas Spieth the theologian and scholar loved to describe and preserve African tradition? The chapter presents biographical notes on Spieth; an analysis of his missionary practice; and an assessment of his practice as a scholar. This is followed by a reflection on the relationship between these areas, with particular emphasis on the development of Spieth's thinking on self and other.

Keywords:Jakob Spieth; missionary progress; West Africa



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