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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Tuesday, September 23

1571
Death of John Jewel, English church reformer.
1595
Spain launched an intensive missionary campaign in the American Southeast. During the next two years, about 1,500 American Indians were converted to the Catholic faith.
1667
In Williamsburg, Virginia, a law was passed, barring slaves from obtaining their freedom by converting to Christianity.
1830
Death of Baptist hymnwriter Alice Flowerdew best known for her hymn "Fountain of Mercy, God of Love."
1860
Death from cholera of the Russian theologian Alexei Khomiakov, while treating his peasants during an epidemic. A Slavophile and many-talented man, he had been subject to censorship during his life, but his writings will nonetheless influence Dostoevsky, Solovyov, Florensky, and others.
1888
Birth of Gerhard Kittel, German Lutheran Bible scholar. He was first editor of a 10-volume Greek lexicon which took 43 years to complete (1933-76). In its English edition (1964-76), the work is entitled, "Theological Dictionary of the New Testament" -- or "TDNT" for short.
1897
Death at Headington, England, of hymnwriter and hymn translator Frances Elizabeth Cox.
1950
The first of the Unshackled broadcasts airs. These will tell stories of people who find that Christ alone can free from bondage to sin.
1960
While mourning the recent death of his wife Joy Davidman, English apologist C.S. Lewis wrote in a letter: 'My great recent discovery is that when I mourn Joy least I feel nearest to her. Passionate sorrow cuts us off from the dead.'
1965
Burial of Joseph Adeyemo Taiwo, who had been a zealous Baptist minister and church planter in Nigeria.

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