Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Thursday, July 13

574
Death of Pope John III. During his lifetime, the Lombards repeatedly ravaged Italy.
1105
Death of Rashi (b.1040), medieval Jewish Bible scholar. His name is a Hebrewacrostic for Rabbi Shelomoh ben Isaac. Rashi was the leading rabbinic commentator in hisday on the Old Testament and Talmud.
1760
Death in Reading, Pennsylvania, of Conrad Weiser, a Lutheran peacemaker and negotiator, who had learned the Mohawk language and customs in order to communicate and make treaties with them. He was the father-in-law of notable Lutheran pastor Henry Melchior Muhlenberg and will be remembered in the Episcopal Church calendar on the date of his death.
1769
Birth of Thomas Kelly, Irish Episcopal clergyman and author of 765 hymns,including 'Praise the Savior, Ye Who Know Him.'
1778
Anglican clergyman and hymnwriter John Newton wrote in a letter: 'It is perhapsthe highest triumph we can obtain over bigotry when we are able to bear with bigotsthemselves.'
1886
Birth of Father Edward Flanagan, American Catholic parish priest. Believing therewas 'no such thing as a bad boy,' in 1922 he organized Boys Town near Omaha, Nebraska.
1906
In Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the Orthodox archbishop, Abune Mateos, tries the evangelical preacher Onesimus Nesib and finds him guilty on trumped up charges, calling down the curse of heaven on him. Onesimus is sentenced to lose all his property. However the emperor's agent investigates and clears Nesib of all charges except refusal to accept a belief in the mediating role of Mary and the saints.
1917
Three children in Fatima, Portugal, report seeing visions of the Virgin Mary. The appartion gives them letters to take to the Pope.
1960
Death in Oxford of Joy Davidman Lewis, wife of C.S. Lewis.
1968
Death of Wycliffe Bible Translators missionary Henry F. Blood from pneumonia and malnutrition while a captive in Vietnamese hands. He had been captured in the Tet offensive six months earlier. His character won a fellow captive, Mike Benge, to become a Christian.

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