Monthly Archives: February 2015

9 February 418 Letter of Severus, Bishop of Minorca, on the Conversion of the Jews #otdimjh #onthisday

The Letter of Severus on the Conversion of the Jews is an important and ancient text describing Jewish-Christian relations in the fifth century, when Judaism and Christianity finally emerged as two separate religions, against the backdrop of the fall of … Continue reading

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8 February 1814 Birth of Paul Caspari, Norwegian scholar, theologian and missiologist #onthisday #otdmjh

Carl Paul Caspari (8 February 1814 – 11 April 1892) was a Norwegian neo-Lutheran theologian and academic. He wrote several books and is best known for his interpretations and translation of the Old Testament. Today the Caspari Institute in Jerusalem … Continue reading

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7 February 1413 Joshua HaLorki launches the Tortosa Disputation #otdimjh #onthisda

Bernstein waxes lyrical and gives an uncritical account of this infamous disputation and its consequences: Joshua Halorki was born in Spain in the latter part of the fourteenth century, at Lorca, in Murcia. He early distinguished himself as a subtle … Continue reading

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6 February 1991 Death of Haim Haimoff Bar-David, Pioneer of the Israeli Messianic Movement #otdimjh #onthisday

  Menachem Benhayim said of Haim Haimoff:  Among the pioneers of the modern revival of a Messianic presence within Israel linked to Yeshua, the Bar-David family are unique. While not a few preceded them in the difficult witness and walk … Continue reading

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5 February 1837 Hebrew Service Re-Established in Palestine Place, London #onthisday #otdimjh

Gidney records: After the lapse of centuries Christian worship was again held in the sacred Hebrew tongue, by the establishment, on February 5th, 1837, of a regular Hebrew Service in Palestine Place on Sunday afternoon. The prayers were read on … Continue reading

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4 February 1683 Birth of Rabbi Judah Monis, First Instructor and Hebrew Grammarian at Harvard

Judah Monis (1683-1764), a Jewish scholar and educator, was an instructor of Hebrew at Harvard College between 1722 and 1760. Monis was instrumental in importing Hebrew type to the colonies, and in 1735, he published the first Hebrew textbook in … Continue reading

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3 February 1740 Charles of Bourbon, King of Naples, invites Jews to return to Sicily #otdimjh #onthisday

On February 3, 1740, Charles de Bourbon, the king of Naples, issued an official invitation to the Jews to return to Sicily. They had been expelled in 1493, but many thousands of conversos had remained, practicing Jewish customs in secret, … Continue reading

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2 February 1208 Birth of James 1 of Aragon, convenor of the 1264 Disputation between Nachmanides and Pablo Christiani #otdimjh #onthisday

James I (2 February 1208 – 27 July 1276) was King of Aragon, Valencia and Majorca, Count of Barcelona and Lord of Montpellier from 1213 to 1276. His long reign saw the expansion of the House of Aragón on all … Continue reading

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otdimjh Birth of Sir William Herschel, musician, astronomer and discoverer of the planet Uranus

Originally posted on On This Day In Messianic Jewish History:
As we celebrate the achievement of a space craft landing on a comet, it is appropriate to remember a great astronomer who was a Messianic Jew. Sir Frederick William Herschel,…

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