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Henry Martyn Saint and Scholar First Modern Missionary to the Mohammedans, 1781-1812   By: (1833-1919)

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Henry Martyn: Saint and Scholar First Modern Missionary to the Mohammedans, 1781-1812 by George Smith offers a captivating glimpse into the life and legacy of an extraordinary individual. This meticulously researched biography sheds new light on the remarkable journey of Henry Martyn, whose unwavering dedication and commitment to his faith paved the way for future generations of missionaries.

Smith demonstrates excellent storytelling prowess, expertly guiding readers through the various stages of Martyn's life. Beginning with his early years as a brilliant scholar at Cambridge University, the author masterfully portrays the internal struggles and spiritual transformation that fueled Martyn's ultimate decision to become a missionary to the Muslim world.

One of the notable strengths of this biography is Smith's ability to seamlessly intertwine historical context with personal anecdotes and Martyn's own writings. By utilizing a wide array of sources, including letters, journals, and unpublished works, the author creates a vivid portrait of Martyn's experiences in India and Persia. The nuances and challenges of these regions, as well as Martyn's interactions with local cultures and religious leaders, are skillfully depicted.

What sets this biography apart is its exploration of Martyn's intellectual pursuits alongside his missionary work. Smith delves into Martyn's impressive linguistic abilities and his groundbreaking translations of the Bible into Arabic and Persian. Through his diligent research, the author highlights the immense impact these translations had on subsequent Christian missions and the academic world.

Through his prose, Smith paints a poignant picture of Martyn's personal struggles, including his battles with illness, loneliness, and the toll that his missionary work took on his physical and mental well-being. In doing so, the author presents Martyn as a relatable and flawed individual, whose unwavering faith and commitment continue to inspire generations.

One minor drawback of this biography is its occasional tendency towards excessive detail, especially in regards to Martyn's academic pursuits. While this level of granularity enhances the academic rigor of the work, it might slightly diminish its accessibility to general readers. However, this is a minor concern within an otherwise remarkable book.

Overall, Henry Martyn: Saint and Scholar First Modern Missionary to the Mohammedans, 1781-1812 is a meticulously researched and engaging biography. George Smith's passion for his subject matter shines through, enabling readers to gain a profound appreciation for the significant contributions of a pioneer in Christian missions. This book is a must-read for anyone interested in the intersection of faith, scholarship, and cross-cultural encounters.

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HENRY MARTYN

PRINTED BY SPOTTISWOODE AND CO., NEW STREET SQUARE LONDON

[Illustration: Henry Martyn. From the portrait in the University Library. Cambridge.]

HENRY MARTYN

SAINT AND SCHOLAR

FIRST MODERN MISSIONARY TO THE MOHAMMEDANS 1781 1812

BY GEORGE SMITH, C.I.E., LL.D. AUTHOR OF 'LIFE OF WILLIAM CAREY' 'LIFE OF ALEXANDER DUFF' ETC.

Now let me burn out for God

WITH PORTRAIT AND ILLUSTRATIONS

LONDON THE RELIGIOUS TRACT SOCIETY 56 PATERNOSTER ROW, 65 ST PAUL'S CHURCHYARD AND 164 PICCADILLY 1892

PREFACE

In the year 1819, John Sargent, Rector of Lavington, published A Memoir of the Rev. Henry Martyn . The book at once became a spiritual classic. The saint, the scholar, and the missionary, alike found in it a new inspiration. It ran through ten editions during the writer's life, and he died when projecting an additional volume of the Journals and Letters. His son in law, S. Wilberforce, afterwards Bishop of Oxford and of Winchester, accordingly, in 1837 published, in two volumes, Journals and Letters of the Rev. Henry Martyn, B.D. , with an introduction on Sargent's life. Sargent had suppressed what Bishop Wilberforce describes as 'a great variety of interesting materials'. Especially in the lifetime of Lydia Grenfell it was thought necessary to omit the facts which give to Henry Martyn's personality its human interest and intensify our appreciation of his heroism... Continue reading book >>




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