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The understanding of the term “missionary” depends on semantic usage, theological interpretation, and historical context. Derived from Lat. mitto (send) or missus (sent), the word “missionary” has traditionally designated someone sent on a religious mission—by God (Jesus Christ as representative of the missio Dei) or by a church, a mission society, or another sending body to propagate faith or carry out a mission task. A clos…

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Scherer, James A., “Missionary”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 26 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_M618>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512

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