Hassan Barnaba Dehqani-Tafti 1920-2008
Sohrab Books (email email@example.com), 188 pages, ISBN978-187031230
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John Clark, Chairman of the Friends of the Diocese of Iran writes:
This is a most welcome selection of excerpts from the writings of and tributes to one of the outstanding pioneer bishops of the Anglican Communion in the twentieth century. Bishop Hassan Dehqani-Tafti (1920-2008) was the first Iranian Bishop in Iran (1961-1990) and the first President Bishop of the Episcopal Church in Jerusalem and the Middle East (1976-1986). He led the indigenisation of the Episcopal Church in Iran and the wider region. He endured the martyrdom of his son and the pain of enforced exile following the 1979 Islamic Revolution in Iran. This book recalls his many gifts. He was a wise pastor, teacher and evangelist, a guardian and confessor of the faith. He wrote or translated more than thirty books. He was a poet, hymn-writer and artist, a much loved husband, father and grandfather. This collection is a fitting complement to Bishop Hassan’s own autobiography ‘The Unfolding Design of My World’. By including tributes to him and recounting some of the joys and struggles that he faced it provides a fuller picture of him as a public Christian leader, as a family man and as a person of profound and developing Christian faith. Lovingly prepared by his wife Margaret it will be deeply appreciated by the many whose lives were touched by Bishop Hassan. It is also a gift and encouragement to the wider Church from the writings and memories of a much loved bishop.
Featured in Bible Lands magazine, Winter 2010