Against the Gates of Hell
495 Pages

Against the Gates of Hell


495 Pages


A riveting story of one man's life and ministry during the explosion of Christian missions in nineteenth-century America, Against the Gates of Hell is the biography of Henry T. Perry, a missionary to Turkey from 1866 to 1913. Based heavily on previously unpublished letters and diaries from the ABCFM (American Board of Commissioners of Foreign Missions) archives in Harvard's Houghton Library, Against the Gates of Hell provides an eyewitness account of the last years of the Ottoman Empire, years that are the foundation for the modern Middle East. Perry's diary also reveals a life wholly committed to Christ, by his example challenging the reader in his own Christian walk. Here too can be found historical testimonies of Muslim/Christian relations which have assumed renewed importance since the events of September 11, 2001. Against the Gates of Hell is classic narrative history, carefully researched, attentive to human interest detail, and contextually rich in historical background. Because of the richness of the historical background, the work becomes a cultural history as well as a biography. The book includes firsthand, eyewitness accounts of the 1894-1895 Armenian massacres and the 1915 Armenian genocide. Against the Gates of Hell is especially timely for the 100th anniversary in 2015 of the 1915 Armenian Genocide, the first genocide of the twentieth century.



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AGAINST THE GATES OF HELL The Life & Times of Henry Perry, a Christian Missionary in a Moslem Land Gordon and Diana Severance With a Foreword by Timothy George
Wipf and Stock Publishers 199 W 8th Ave, Suite 3 Eugene, OR 97401 Against the Gates of Hell The Life & Times of Henry Perry, A Christian Missionary in a Moslem World By Severance, Gordon and Severance, Diana Copyright©2003 by Severance, Gordon ISBN 13: 978-62032-525-4 Publication date 10/1/2012 Previously published by University Press of America, 2003
“I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” Matthew 16:18 “We must give great weight to the judgment of the missionaries. They stand at the front. They have faced danger. They have walked in the valley of the shadow of death. They have felt the power of the gates of hell.”  Reverend Judson Smith, ABCFM Foreign Secretary (1896)
CONTENTS Maps Foreword by Dr. Timothy George Preface Acknowledgments Prologue 1 The Beginning of Wisdom (1838-1856) 2 Planted by Rivers of Water (1856-1866) 3 Compelled by the Love of Christ (1866-1869) 4 Fellowship of His Suffering (1870-1876) 5 Dangers in the Wilderness (1876-1881) 6 Bearing the Cross (1882-1886) 7 A Fruitful Field (1886-1892) 8 Crafty Counsel (1893-1894) 9 Rulers of the Darkness of This Age (1894-1896) 10 A Bruised Reed (1896-1901) 11 Building the Wall in Troublous Times (1901-1909) 12 A Vessel unto Honor (1909-1914) 13 To Live is Christ, to Die is Gain (1915-1930) Epilogue: Cast Down but Not Destroyed Appendix A: Armenian Massacres, Fall 1895 Appendix B: The Unrelenting Struggle against Genocide Bibliography About the Authors Index
v xi xiii xvii 1 5 23 51 81 107 141 169 189 211 245 279 309 335 369 381 383 415 433 435
Dismemberment of the Ottoman Empire in Europe, 1683-1909