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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Thursday, June 12

1458
In England, the College of St. Mary Magdalen was founded at Oxford University.
1720
Birth of Isaac Pinto, translator of the first Jewish prayerbook published in America.
1744
David Brainerd is ordained in New Jersey. The latter years of his short life will be spent in efforts to evangelize American Indians until his death of tuberculosis at age twenty-nine.
1775
Less than two months after a skirmish at Concord, Massachusetts between American militia and British soldiers, the Continental Congress issues a call for all citizens to fast and pray and confess their sins that the Lord God might bless the land.
1840
The World's Anti-Slavery Convention meets in Freemasons' Hall, London. Many Christians represent the anti-slavery societies of many nations but women delegates are rejected.
1842
Death in Rugby, Warwickshire, England, of Thomas Arnold, a Christian and a prominent English educator.
1902
Death at the White Earth Indian Reservation in northern Minnesota of John Johnson Enmegahbowh, the first recognized Native American priest in the Episcopal Church. He had worked tirelessly among the Ojibway people, especially in Minnesota.
1914
The first edition of A.T. Robertson's monumental 'Grammar of the Greek New Testament' was released. Its 1400+ pages make it the largest systematic analysis of the original New Testament language ever published.
1917
Death in Glasgow, Scotland, of James Denney. As a theologian and educator in the Free Church, he strongly defended the penal character of the atonement.
1950
American missionary martyr Jim Elliot wrote in his journal: 'Earthly blessing is no sign of heavenly favor. Behold how many wicked prosper.'

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