Bartholomaeus Ziegenbalg 9788190696913
Bartholomaeus Ziegenbalg was born in Saxony in 1682.
He responded to an appeal from the King of Denmark for missionaries, and in September 1706 he and Heinrich Pluetshau arrived in Tranquebar on the southeast coast of India, the first Protestant missionaries in the country. They began preaching, and baptized their first converts about ten months later. Their work was opposed both by Hindus and by the local Danish authorities.
He set up a printing press, and published studies of the Tamil language and of Indian religion and culture. His translation of the New Testament into Tamil in 1715, and the church building that he and his associates constructed in 1718, are still in use today.He was able to establish a seminary for the training of native clergy. When he died on 23 February 1719, he left a Tamil translation of the New Testament and of Genesis through Ruth, many brief writings in Tamil, two church buildings, the seminary, and 250 baptized Christians. Today the Tamil Evangelical Lutheran Church carries on his work.
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