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The Star in the East by Claudius Buchanan

The Star in the East by Claudius Buchanan


A sermon, preached in the parish church of St. James, Bristol, on Sunday, February 26, 1809, for the benefit of the "Society for Missions to Africa and the East." (On the author's return from India.)

The "Star in the East" refers to the star that the magi followed to find the birthplace of Christ. Rev. Buchanan points to a more modern "Star in the East" consisting of its history, its doctrines and divine power working in the hearts of men of the East. He illuminates these points, calling them a type of "the inextinguishable Light of Christ's religion" and, in this sense, it may be truly said, "We have seen his Star in the East." This famous sermon was instrumental to Adoniram Judson's faith to pursue missionary work in the Far East.

Paperback 6X9, 48 pages. ISBN  9781935626541

CLAUDIUS BUCHANAN (1766–1815) was born in Cambuslang, Scotland. In 1782, he attended  the University of Glasgow a short time, but then had a desire to travel. He then met John Newton and Henry Thornton who sent him to Queen’s College, Cambridge. He was ordained in 1795 and in 1796 appointed Chaplain to the East India Company. Later he became a professor at the College of Fort William. The University of Glasgow conferred on him the degree of D. D. He assisted in translation work of the Scriptures into Chinese and Malaysian

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