Jesus and Pocahontas: Gospel, Mission, and National Myth

Jesus and Pocahontas: Gospel, Mission, and National Myth

by Howard A. Snyder, Randy Woodley

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Jesus and Pocahontas: Gospel, Mission, and National Myth by Howard A. Snyder, Randy Woodley

Most Americans know the story of Pocahontas, but not the fact that she was a Christian, and the reasons for her dramatic conversion. Pocahontas had a history-altering encounter with Jesus Christ. A key figure was Alexander Whitaker, pioneer Anglican missionary in Virginia, who taught Pocahontas the Christian faith--but is almost totally unknown today. This story of Pocahontas has never fully been told. Or it has been ridiculed. Yet it is true, as this book now documents. In these pages the real Pocahontas comes alive as a flesh-and-blood person with her own thoughts and decisions. This book shows the beauty, the romance, and the tragedy of Pocahontas's short life. It also traces the way the Pocahontas story has been used and misused over the past four hundred years, opening the door to the larger issue of the suppression of native peoples in U.S. history. The real story of Pocahontas presents a timely case study both in the history of missions and the history of America--an investigation of the interplay between gospel, culture, and national mythology.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781498202893
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date: 05/20/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 6 MB

About the Author

Howard A. Snyder is Visiting Director of the Manchester Wesley Research Centre in Manchester, England. He has served as a pastor and as a professor at Asbury Theological Seminary (1996-2006), Tyndale Seminary in Toronto (2007-12), and elsewhere. His books include The Problem of Wineskins, The Radical Wesley, Models of the Kingdom, and Salvation Means Creation Healed (with Joel Scandrett).

Table of Contents

Foreword by Randy Woodley
Personal Note
Chapter One Little Princess Pocahontas?
Chapter Two Her Daddy's Empire
Chapter Three Enter Pocahontas
Chapter Four John Smith, Powhatan, Pocahontas
Chapter Five The Starving Time
Chapter Six Kidnapped: Pocahontas Betrayed
Chapter Seven True Love: Pocahontas and John Rolfe
Chapter Eight Pocahontas Meets Jesus
Chapter Nine John Rolfe, Tobacco Man
Chapter Ten London Celebrity vi
Chapter Eleven Last Days of Pocahontas
Chapter Twelve Twisting the Gospel
Chapter Thirteen Faces of Pocahontas: Justifying Myth
Chapter Fourteen Faces of Pocahontas: Virgin Mother
Chapter Fifteen Faces of Pocahontas: Disney Celebrity
Chapter Sixteen The Long, Bitter Trail
Chapter Seventeen Pocahontas in Heaven
Chapter Eighteen Pocahontas Speaks
Chapter Nineteen The Uses of Pocahontas and the Four Sins
Chapter Twenty Takeaways: What It All Means
Sources and Acknowledgments
General Index

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