Envoys of a Human God: The Jesuit Mission to Christian Ethiopia, 1557-1632 (Jesuit Studies 2)

Envoys of a Human God: The Jesuit Mission to Christian Ethiopia, 1557-1632 (Jesuit Studies 2)

By: Andreu Martinez D'Alos-Moner (author)Paperback

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In Envoys of A Human God Andreu Martinez offers a comprehensive study of the religious mission led by the Society of Jesus in Christian Ethiopia. The mission to Ethiopia was one of the most challenging undertakings carried out by the Catholic Church in early modern times. The book examines the period of early Portuguese contacts with the Ethiopian monarchy, the mission's main developments and its aftermath, with the expulsion of the Jesuit missionaries. The study profits from both an intense reading of the historical record and the fruits of recent archaeological research. Long-held historiographical assumptions are challenged and the importance of cultural and socio-political factors in the attraction and ultimate estrangement between European Catholics and Ethiopian Christians is highlighted.

About Author

Andreu Martinez d'Alos-Moner, Ph.D. (2009), European University Institute (Florence) is Associated Professor at Gondar University, Ethiopia. He worked at the University of Hamburg for the Encyclopaedia Aethiopica project and has published extensively on cultural encounters between Europe, India, and Africa.


Acknowledgments List of Figures, Maps, Plates and Tables List of Abbreviations Glossary of Terms Introduction PART 1 From Diu to Feremona 1 The Prester John's New Clothes The Courting of the negus Dom Joao III: Religious Reform as Expansion The Preste's New Clothes 2 From Santiago to St. Paul Evangelizing the Preste Santiago's Last Call Paul's Momentum 3 Native Networks The Carreira to the Preste Diu and the Banyans Massawa, Feremona and the Ethio-Portuguese PART 2 From Feremona to Gorgora 4 Mission Metrics 1555-1603: Difficult Beginnings 1603-1623: Setting up a Local Missionary Network 1623-1632: The Catholic Patriarchate and the Expansion of the Network 5 Mission Politics The Reducao of Christian Ethiopia Observation, Deconstruction, and Replacement of Ethiopian Christianity Beyond Absolutism 6 Mission Culture The Presentation of Self in Missionary Life A Theology of the Visible Spaces of Faith, Spaces of Power Mission Support PART 3 From Gorgora to Goa 7 Yatent Utopian Ethiopia The Mission of the Qwallafa and Chalcedonians From Dissent to Open Resistance 8 Exile and Memory The Mission after the Jesuits Longing for Ethiopia A Mission between Oblivion and Curiosity 9 Conclusions Appendix 1 Leading Political Figures in the Red Sea, India, and Europe, ca. 1600-1635 Appendix 2 National and Provincial Rulers in Christian Ethiopia, 1603-1636 Appendix 3 Jesuit Missionaries in Ethiopia, 1555-1632 Appendix 4 Intellectual Production during the Mission, 1611-1632 Appendix 5 Genealogical Chart of the Extended Ethiopian Royal Family (ca. 1550-1640) Sources and bibliography Index

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  • ISBN13: 9789004289147
  • Format: Paperback, Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 419
  • ID: 9789004289147
  • weight: 829
  • ISBN10: 9004289143

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