Issachar Jacox Roberts

Issachar Jacox Roberts

Issachar Jacox Roberts was a Southern Baptist missionary in 19th-century China. Roberts was born in Sumner County, Tennessee, and graduated from Furman University, a Baptist school in Greenville, South Carolina. He was known for his erratic behaviour and "falling into difficulties with nearly everyone who worked with him", which cost his connection with Southern Baptist Convention. Roberts was the only Baptist known to have influenced Hong Xiuquan, the Hakka who led the Taiping Rebellion against the Qing Dynasty which caused millions of deaths. Hong spent two months studying with Roberts at Canton in 1847. Roberts refused Hong's request for a baptism, perhaps due to a misunde ... more on Wikipedia

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