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"Lamin Sanneh is probably the most significant theologian of mission in the English-speaking world today."--Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury
Since its original publication Translating the Message has transformed common perceptions of mission, showing how the process of "translation" has made Christianity a preserver, rather than a destroyer of indigenous languages and cultures.
This thoroughly revised edition, drawing on the latest scholarship, refocuses the original thesis and adds illustrations and new tables of translation.
Lamin Sanneh (1943-2019) was D. Willis James Professor of Missions & World Christianity and Professor of History at Yale Divinity School. He also taught at Harvard University and the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. He was appointed by Pope John Paul II to the Pontifical Commission of the Historical Sciences and by Pope Benedict XVI to the Pontifical Commission on Religious Relations with Muslims, and was named a Commandeur de l'Ordre National du Lion,Senegal's highest national honor. His other books include West African Christianity: The Religious Impact.