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Schall von Bell, Johann Adam
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(Chinese Tāng Ruòwàng; May 1, 1592, Cologne – Aug 15, 1666, Beijing), Jesuit (since 1608), the most important German Catholic missionary to China (German missions: II, 2; China: V, 3; Catholicism: IV, 4), astronomer, first director of the imperial astronomical and mathematical tribunals in Beijing, made a Mandarin of the first class in 1658. After studying in Rome, Schall was sent to China as a missionary in 1618 on account of his enormous scientific knowledge, to promote the Christian mission with the help of modern European science (the method of accommo…

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Collani, Claudia v., “Schall von Bell, Johann Adam”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 21 February 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_025243>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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