Rediscovering Japan, Reintroducing Christendom: Two Thousand Years of Christian History in Japan

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Government Institutes, 1. mar. 2010 - 210 sider
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In Rediscovering Japan, Reintroducing Christendom Japan's unvoiced Christian history and cultural roots are examined from an alternative perspective. It is commonly believed that Christianity was introduced to Japan by the Spanish and Portuguese missionaries during the 1500s; however, Samuel Lee draws on various forms of cultural, religious and linguistic evidence to argue that Christianity was introduced to Japan through the Lost Tribes of Israel, who were converted to Christianity through the missionary efforts of the Assyrian Church of the East around A.D. 500. Much of the evidence he discusses has become submerged into many Japanese folkloric songs, festivals and is to be found in temples. There are, for example, approximately 300 words in Japanese and Hebrew/Aramaic that are similar. Further, Dr. Lee outlines the history of Catholicism in Japan during the 1500s, the systematic persecution of Christians from 1600s to the 1800s, and the rise of Protestant Church in Japan. The historical portion of the book ends with an analysis and discussion of 21st century Japanese society. Lastly, in Rediscovering Japan, Reintroducing Christendom, Samuel Lee questions the missiological methods of Western Christianity and advocates an approach based in dialogue between Christianity and other cultures.
  

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Ch01 The Origin of the Japanese People
3
Ch02 The Lost Tribes of Israel
11
Ch03 HebrewJapanese Cultural Comparisons
22
THE CHURCH OFTHE EAST IN JAPAN AD 600
57
Ch04 The Church of the East in Asia
59
Ch05 The Church of the East in Japan
77
THE CATHOLICCHURCH IN JAPANTHE AGE OF PERSECUTIONAD 1542
89
Ch06 The Sixteenth and SeventeenthCentury Social Political andEconomic Conditions inAsia Japan
91
THE ARRIVALOF PROTESTANTISM IN JAPANTHE AGE OF REVIVAL INDIGENIZATION AD 1853
131
Ch10 The Protestant MovementEnters Japan
133
Ch11 The Clash of Cultures
140
Ch12 Christianity in PostWar Japan
145
Part Five ANALYSIS CONCLUSIONS THEAGE OF A NEW BEGINNINGAD 2000
149
Ch13 A Brief Summary Conclusions
151
Ch14 A Lesson in Missiology aNew Beginning
165
Bibliography
173

Ch07 The Arrival of the Roman CatholicChurch in Japan
98
Ch08 The Age of Persecution
114
Ch09 The Hidden Church
124
Index
177
Biographical Information
185
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Samuel Lee is a sociologist specializing in Japanese society and culture. He is president of Foundation University in the Netherlands and a member of the Christian Sociological Society and Japan Sociological Society of the University of Tokyo.

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