Jonathan Goble of Japan: Marine, Missionary, Maverick

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9780819176394: Jonathan Goble of Japan: Marine, Missionary, Maverick

This is a readable and entertaining account of the most colorful and eccentric missionary in nineteenth-century Japan, Jonathan Goble (1827-1926). Goble first visited Japan as a marine in Commodore Matthew C. Perry's expedition of 1853-54. He won acclaim in the official Narrative of the Expedition for befriending the Japanese castaway Sam Patch. After returning to Japan as a missionary of the American Baptist Free Mission Society, Goble translated more than half the New Testament into Japanese. His Gospel of Matthew is the oldest extant Scripture portion printed in Japan. He preached to samurai and merchants, to outcasts and the blind. Goble led an exciting life not only as a missionary but also as an interpreter, translator, writer, lecturer, inventor, merchant and builder. He rubbed shoulders with Iwakura Tomomi, prime minister; Yamanouchi Yodo, leading daimyo; Iwasaki Yataro, founder of the Mitsubishi financial empire; and other notables. Strong-willed and prone to violence, his maverick ways got him consigned to a Baptist limbo. In this work, the first biography of Goble, his fascinating life illuminates the strange world of Christian missions in nineteenth-century Japan.

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F. Calvin Parker is a Retired Professor of Theology from Seinan Gakuin University, Fukuoka, Japan.

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...provide[s] numerous details on the introduction of Protestantism into Japan and the links between this new Japanese faith and its North American origins. (Journal Of Japanese Studies)

Calvin Parker has invested many years and much scholarly care.... splendid biography, so well conceived and carefully expressed. (Japan Christian Quarterly)

Dr. Parker's careful research brings Goble to life and documents his role in the introduction of Protestantism to Japan. He has separated folklore and myth from historical fact and gives Goble credit for his real achievements without overlooking his faults in a readable biography. (Herbert A. Wisbey, Jr., Professor Emeritus of American History, Elmira College, Elmira, N.Y. Japan Christian Quarterly)

In this fascinating volume, Calvin Parker has demonstrated that thorough research and documentation are fully compatible with readability! In addition to a thorough account of Goble's life, Parker offers a wealth of information and insight concerning his context: Japanese culture in the nineteenth century, the beginnings of protestant missions to Japan and early Americana. (E. Luther Copeland, Retired missionary and missiologist, Former Chancellor, Seinan Gakuin University, Fukuoka, Japan Japan Christian Quarterly)

The book blends good scholarship with human interest, rich local color, and readibility. It will reward any reader. (E. Luther Copeland, Retired missionary and missiologist, Former Chancellor, Seinan Gakuin University, Fukuoka, Japan Missiology: An International Review)

Meticulously documented by previously neglected sources, Parker's excellently written book also well serves the reader because its narrative strategy lets Goble speak for himself. (Church History)

...provide[s] numerous details on the introduction of Protestantism into Japan and the links between this new Japanese faith and its North American origins. (Journal Of Japanese Studies)

Calvin Parker has invested many years and much scholarly care.... splendid biography, so well conceived and carefully expressed. (Japan Christian Quarterly)

Dr. Parker's careful research brings Goble to life and documents his role in the introduction of Protestantism to Japan. He has separated folklore and myth from historical fact and gives Goble credit for his real achievements without overlooking his faults in a readable biography. (Herbert A. Wisbey, Jr., Professor Emeritus of American History, Elmira College, Elmira, N.Y. Japan Christian Quarterly)

In this fascinating volume, Calvin Parker has demonstrated that thorough research and documentation are fully compatible with readability! In addition to a thorough account of Goble's life, Parker offers a wealth of information and insight concerning his context: Japanese culture in the nineteenth century, the beginnings of protestant missions to Japan and early Americana. (E. Luther Copeland, Retired missionary and missiologist, Former Chancellor, Seinan Gakuin University, Fukuoka, Japan Japan Christian Quarterly)

The book blends good scholarship with human interest, rich local color, and readibility. It will reward any reader. (E. Luther Copeland, Retired missionary and missiologist, Former Chancellor, Seinan Gakuin University, Fukuoka, Japan Missiology: An International Review)

...A fascinatingly colorful personality comes to life in the pages of this scholarly book. (E. Luther Copeland, Retired missionary and missiologist, Former Chancellor, Seinan Gakuin University, Fukuoka, Japan New York History)

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