9 January 1880 The Jewish Chronicle calls for a History of Jewish believers in Jesus #otdimjh

Screen Shot 2015-01-09 at 08.54.42

The Jewish Chronicle calls for a History of Jewish believers in Jesus:

The day has arrived when the history of converted Jews must be written before it is too late to remember the necessary data. Rewards should be granted, the power of money and of science, societies and individuals, should go hand in hand to work for this purpose, and to produce proofs with regard to the amount of Jewish blood which flows through the veins of the present generation.

jc1 

The full article is to be found here:

jc2

My transcription below:

It seems that the time has gone by when a prominent missionary in a large town could become a fruitful topic for conversation. Paul Cassell, w­­ho came to this city from Berlin in order to teach the heathen and convert the Jew will therefore pass away very quietly from the minds of our townsmen. His name was not sufficiently powerful to fill the small reformed Church in the Monde Gasse.

Though it was Sunday and the people have no business to keep them away, the attendance was so sparse, that a large number of seats remained unoccupied, and most of the congregation consisted of women belonging to the lower classes. Had such a man as Cassell preached in a Synagogue before a Jewish congregation the building would not have been large enough to hold the crowds who would have flocked thither to hear him, for the Jews have always shown a greater appreciation of religious zeal than the Christians.

jc3

It is true it is exceedingly painful for a Jew with a sincerely Jewish heart, to hear a man, who was formally his co-religionist, declare himself to be a true Christian and to see him labouring as a missionary for the Christian religion. Nevertheless it must be acknowledged that a genius like Cassell is always an honour to his former brethren in faith.

The day has arrived when the history of converted Jews must be written before it is too late to remember the necessary data. Rewards should be granted, the power of money and of science, societies and individuals, should go hand in hand to work for this purpose, and to produce proofs with regard to the amount of Jewish blood which flows through the veins of the present generation.

Certainly the most important chapter of this history would be that which, concerning Germany, contain the lives of such men has Benfey, Bernhardy and Lehrs as philologists: and of Neander and Emanuel Veith. After these men should be mentioned him who has become a pillar of the reformed Church though he was until the last period of his life a favourite pupil of Ranke the great German historian, and observed the Jewish ceremonial laws. He ate at the table of Jacob Joseph Ettinger, the Rabbi of Berlin and was an ardent admirer of Michael Sacks. How he has altered he, the renowned author of the article, “History of the Jews” in Ersch and Grüber’s great Encyclopaedia of Science. How has his sleak and well-fed appearance changed to that of a sneaking Jesuit. Even his voice is altered, and has become soft and Jesuitical like that of a Protestant preacher. His metamorphosis is simply perfect.

We will return to these 19th century figures on other occasions:

Gottfried_Bernhardy_-_Imagines_philologorum

Gottfried Bernhardy (20 March 1800 – 14 May 1875), German philologist and literary historian, was born at Landsberg an der Warthe (now Poland) in the Neumark.

Karl_Ludwig_Lehrs_-_Imagines_philologorum

Karl Ludwig Lehrs (January 14, 1802 – June 9, 1878), was a German classical scholar.
Born at Königsberg, he was of Jewish extraction, but in 1822 he converted to Christianity. In 1845 he was appointed professor of ancient Greek philology in Königsberg University, which post he held till his death.

For us today, there is a need to understand the history of Jewish believers in Yeshua, both in the 19th and 20th centuries, as much as in the early centuries of the Messianic movement of antiquity. Who will continue the work of Bernstein and Schonfield today?

Lord, we thank you for the existence of Jewish believers in Yeshua throughout the centuries, but we are often not conscious of the tradition we have received from them. We try to reinvent the wheel, failing to understand the past well enough to avoid making the same mistakes, or prepare adequately for the future. Teach us to number our days, and the days of others, and give us a heart of wisdom to know your will and your plan in our lives. In Yeshua’s name we pray. Amen.

About richardsh

Messianic Jewish teacher in UK
This entry was posted in otdimjh and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink.

2 Responses to 9 January 1880 The Jewish Chronicle calls for a History of Jewish believers in Jesus #otdimjh

  1. SLIMJIM says:

    This makes me realize I appreciate Vincent re-blogging of this blog on Messianic Jewish history!

    Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s