Fullness of Time

Ethnohistory Selections from the Writings of Alan R. Tippett
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Alan Tippett’s publications played a significant role in the development of missiology. The volumes in this series augment his distinguished reputation by bringing to light his many unpublished materials and hard-to-locate printed articles. These books—encompassing theology, anthropology, history, area studies, religion, and ethnohistory— broaden the contours of the discipline.

Tippett believed his writings on ethnohistory were his most original contribution to the discipline of missiology.  The wealth of material in Fullness of Time is his best ethnohistory writing—most of which has never been published.  Explore the methods and models of this captivating field of study. Realize how documents, oral tradition, and even artifacts can be used to recreate the cultural situation of a prior time. Learn about the South Pacific, Ethiopia, Hawaii, and Australia, both in and through time.

  • ISBN: 9780878084777
  • Pages: 416
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Published: 2014
  • Publisher: William Carey Library

Table of Contents

Series Foreword

Part One

  • Chapter 1 Ethnohistory as Research Methodology
  • Chapter 2 Ethnohistory
  • Chapter 3 The Contour of Ethnohistory
  • Chapter 4 Preamble and Sources
  • Chapter 5 Methodology
  • Chapter 6 The Historicity of Oral Tradition
  • Chapter 7 An Anthropologist Looks at the Jesus Documents
  • Chapter 8 The Structure and Analysis of an Event

Part Two

  • Chapter 9 Private Letters and Cross-cultural Values
  • Chapter 10 The Lost Library
  • Chapter 11 A Statement on the Use of Documents
  • Chapter 12 Novel, Film, Reviews, and Reaction
  • Chapter 13 Missionary Resources and Island Life Histories
  • Chapter 14 The Relevance of Archival Developments in the Southwest Pacific

Part Three

  • Chapter 15 A Synchronic Ethnohistorical Reconstruction
  • Chapter 16 Ethnolinguistics and Bible Translation
  • Chapter 17 The Abnormality or Normality of a Fijian Cannibal Chief
  • Chapter 18 The Early Growth of the Church in Fiji
  • Chapter 19 Pioneering Education in Fiji (1835–42)
  • Chapter 20 The Place of Women in Education and Evangelism in Fiji (1835–1900)
  • Chapter 21 Contemporary Departures from Traditional Christianity
  • in Cross-cultural Situations

Part Four

  • Chapter 22 Fiji
  • Chapter 23 Fijian Material Culture
  • Chapter 24 “The End of the Age! Alas!”
  • Chapter 25 Oral Tradition and Ethnohistory

Part Five

  • Chapter 26 The Process of Religious Change (Wallega Galla, Ethiopia)
  • Chapter 27 The Head-hunting and Slavery Complex and Socioreligious Change
  • Chapter 28 The Fiji Indian Community and Its Church
  • Chapter 29 Pioneer Missionaries among the Australian Aborigines
  • Chapter 30 Personal Interplay in Intercommunity Ceremonial in Fiji


Appendix A
Appendix B

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