William Arnot Mather, American Missionary to China and Richard Burroughs Mather, Professor of Chinese: The Biography and Autobiography of a Father and Son

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This double biography presents the multi-generational and cross-cultural impact of the missionary William Arnot Mather. William Mather who developed an ingenious system of transcribing the Scriptures into Chinese phonetic script spent his last years completing his phonetic Bible dictionary. Richard Mather expressed his own profound respect for China and commitment to promoting language and cultural literacy by pursuing another kind of missionary work: pioneering Chinese studies at the University of Minnesota. For nearly four decades, Richard made generations of grateful students “China


“Beyond being a son’s well-researched, loving memoir of his truly accomplished father, this book is a major contribution to our ever-growing understanding of America’s multifaceted role in the development of modern China and the unfolding indigenous Chinese Christian Church. I hope this insightful book will inspire more such missionary biographies to fill in more of the mosaic of this important story.” - Prof. P. Richard Bohr, Saint John’s University

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