Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Wednesday, February 26

398
John Chrysostom (golden tongue) becomes bishop of Constantinople.
554
Pope Vigilius, a virtual prisoner to Emperor Justinian in Constantinople, announces to the Western bishops his adhesion to the decisions of the Second Council of Constantinople that he had formerly rejected regarding the errors of the Three Chapters. This is widely seen as a concession to monophysitism.
1607
Robert Drury, a Catholic priest, is hanged, drawn, and quartered in England for refusing to condemn his faith.
1802
Death in Paddington of Roman Catholic theologian Dr. Alexander Geddes who had advanced many of the arguments later used in German higher criticism. For his opinions he had been suspended from priestly duties.
1807
Birth of Johann K.F. Keil, German Bible scholar. His Old Testament commentary, written in collaboration with Franz Delitzsch, first appeared in 1861. Known today as "Keil & Delitzsch," the multi-volume set is still in print!
1835
Ranavalona I, Queen of Madagascar, forbids the newly established Christian faith. In spite of severe persecution that she unleashes, the church will grow tremendously.
1895
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1949
Death in Danvers, Massachusetts, of Lucy Peabody who had devoted most of her life to the practice and support of mission work. Her second husband left her a fortune that she applied toward mission endeavors.
1963
The Lutheran World Federation's missionary radio station at Addis Ababa, in Ethiopia, was dedicated.
1995
Murder of Mahfouz Rashid Bacilious, one of several Christians targeted for killing over a period of a few months in the Egyptian city of Malawy.

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