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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Thursday, October 4

1535
London printer Miles Coverdale, 47, published his English version of the Bible. A good translator who later served on two other translation committees, Coverdale was also popular as a Lutheran preacher.
1669
Death of Dutch painter Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn, known as the "painter of the soul" for his unsurpassed Christian art.
1848
Death of John Hunt, missionary to the Fiji Islands, who faced tremendous opposition at the start, but at his death was so beloved his converts pleaded with God to take a number of them rather than him.
1858
Birth of Dorothy Frances Gurney, English devotional writer. During her lifetime she published two volumes of verse, as well as a small devotional work entitled, 'A Little Book of Quiet.'
1864
Death of Protestant philanthropist Theodore Fliedner, a pioneer in deaconess training.
1867
In Southwest Africa, the Rhenish Missionary Church constituted itself as the Evangelical Lutheran Church.
1890
Death of Catherine Booth, 61, wife of Salvation Army founder William Booth. Her last words were: 'The waters are rising, but so am I. I am not going under but over. Do not be concerned about dying; go on living well, the dying will be right.'
1965
Pope Paul VI makes an unprecedented visit to New York to plead for world peace before the United Nations.
1970
Pope Paul VI declares Catherine of Siena a doctor of the church.
1972
Bolaji Idowu is elected president of the Methodist Church, Nigeria. Among his key contributions will be a revision of the church's constitution, making it autonomous, and unification with the nation's Zion Methodist Church.

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