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Immigrants, Exiles, Expatriates, and Missionaries

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This chapter has a triple theme: the missionary activity in antiquity, the diaspora in which that activity usually occurred, and the expatriates who linked the one to the other. Christian clergy in Asia serving expatriates from the United States may manifest a conservative theology and a confrontational preaching style in their concern for demarcating their faith unmistakably within an overwhelmingly non-Christian majority population. Immigrants or refugees, or displaced persons are an enormous concern at present both for the United States and for Germany. The writings of Melito, bishop of Sardis at the end of the second century, indicate how formidable the synagogue community appeared to that small Christian group established by missionaries who first had come to Sardis at about the time of Paul.

Keywords: Asia; Christian clergy; expatriates; Germany; immigrants; missionaries; United States



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