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The First Group of Chaoshan Biblewomen

  • Ellen Xiang-Yu Cai
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Abstract

Cai traces the history of the first generation of Chaoshan Biblewomen, who were trained by the American Baptists and English Presbyterians, to highlight the importance of gender in the early development of Christian missionary movements. Ever since the employment of Biblewomen in 1874, the Baptist and Presbyterian missions expanded rapidly. The Biblewomen constituted an indispensable force in the Chinese mission staff. They reached out to female faith-seekers of all ages and brought them to the churches. Beginning with an overview of the social and economic profiles of these Biblewomen, Cai investigates their reasons for conversion, their evangelistic training and ministry, and their efforts to assert female agency in a patriarchal environment.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ellen Xiang-Yu Cai
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  1. 1.Guangzhou UniversityGuangzhouChina

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