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Swiss Missions

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Author(s): Jenkins, Paul
[German Version] Switzerland has a complex identity, with its trilingual population and its traditional separation into Protestant and Catholic cantons. All three language areas have tended to orientate themselves to the main metropolitan cultural centers: Germany, France, and Italy. Mission history is no exception. The Basel Mission (BM), largely though not exclusively Germanophone, was founded by the urban elite in Basel, who recruited young men from rural Pietist families, gave them special training and sent them abroad as missionaries. The Mission Suisse en Afrique du Sud (M…

Steinkopf, Karl Friedrich Adolf

(215 words)

Author(s): Jenkins, Paul
[German Version] (Sep 7, 1773, Ludwigsburg – May 20, 1858, London) played a key role in the transnational Protestant awakening in the first decades of the 19th century. In 1790 he went to Tübingen to study theology. From 1795 to 1801 he served as full-time secretary of the German Christianity Society in Basel. From 1801 until his death, he was pastor of the German Lutheran congregation of the Savoy Chapel in London. He had close relations with the Religious Tract Society and both the London Missio…

Basel Mission

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Author(s): Jenkins, Paul
[German Version] I. Overseas Work – II. Organization and Work up to 1914 – III. Twentieth Century – IV. Ecumenical Relations and their Significance The Basel Mission (Evangelical Missionary Society in Basel) was founded in 1815, initially to train missionaries, though it soon began its own missionary work. I. Overseas Work After a brief attempt to conduct missionary work in the Caucasus in 1820, the Basel Mission mainly operated in the following areas: southeastern Ghana from 1828 (language…


(988 words)

Author(s): Jenkins, Paul | Raupp, Werner
[German Version] 1. Christian Gottlieb (Apr 29, 1779, Stuttgart – Dec 19, 1838, Basel). As a pastor in the Württemberg regional church, Blumhardt played a central role in the ¶ intensive exchange between the capital Basel and Pietist basic groups in his native Württemberg that arose in the early 19th century. From 1803 to 1807 he was assistant secretary of the German Society of Christianity (Deutsche Christentumsge…