n In die Skriflig - Conflicting personalities and driving ambition
Johannes Rebmann, a servant of God in Africa before the rise of western colonialism, Steven Paas : book review

Volume 49, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1018-6441
  • E-ISSN: 2305-0853



Even though the concept of seems to be in the ebb of theological and denominational attention, it nevertheless still awakens a vague vision of faithful gospel ministry in exotic places. This may easily apply to the evangelical pietist, Johannes Rebmann (1820-1876) who served for 29 years as a missionary in East Africa and kept a diary until his death. This was before the colonial scramble to claim and divide Africa politically and when slave trading on the East Coast of Africa was big business. Many geographers of the day disputed Rebmann's claim to see snow on a mountain on the equator. He had, however, discovered Kilimanjaro and together with Johann Ludwig Krapf, also Mount Kenya. Rebmann's story is thoroughly researched by Steven Paas, a former missionary and lecturer at Zomba Theological College in Malawi.

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