Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Tuesday, June 12

1509
Publication of John Fisher's The Seven Penitential Psalms.
1595
Ruthenian bishops of Lithuania formally read a letter drafted by an Orthodox synod held in Brest, submitting to Pope Clement VIII. They are then accepted into the Roman Catholic Church as "Uniates." Among concessions granted by the pope, they are allowed to retain priestly marriage, to recite the creed without the "filoque" clause added by Rome, and to observe the Julian calendar rather than the Gregorian. The Uniates joined Rome rather than come under the rule of the newly-created Russian Patriarchate.
1677
Eusebio Kino is ordained a priest in the Jesuit order at Eistady, Austria. He will become a missionary to Mexico and the area that will become the southwestern United States.
1720
Birth of Isaac Pinto, translator of the first Jewish prayerbook published in America.
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.
1845
Death in Hartburn, Northumberland, England, of clergyman John Hodgson, author of a well-planned history of Northumberland, and, perhaps more importantly, a successful advocate for improved safety in the mining industry.
1898
Death in Richmond, Indiana, of Sanford F. Bennett, American hymnwriter, author of the hymn “In the Sweet By and By” (“There's a Land That Is Fairer Than Day”).
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.

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