Monthly Archives: April 2015

30 April 1846 Bernard Bettelheim arrives in Okinawa, Japan #otdimjh

Bernard Jean Bettelheim (1811, Pressburg – February 9, 1870) was a Jewish believer in Yeshua who became the first Protestant missionary to Okinawa, Japan. Bettelheim was born into a noted Jewish family in Pressburg, Slovakia, in 1811. He studied, from … Continue reading

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29 April 1924 Birth of Menahem Benhayim, Messianic Jewish pioneer in Israel #otdimjh

Menahem Benhayim was Israel Secretary of the International Messianic Jewish Alliance and of the Messianic Jewish Alliance of Israel. A son of ultra-orthodox East European Jewish parents, he first became interested in Yeshua while in high school and later while … Continue reading

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28 April 2008 Orthodox Jewish scholar Jon Levenson says “yes” and “no” to the Resurrection of Yeshua #otdimjh

Can you have it both ways? Can an Orthodox Jew affirm the likelihood of the resurrection of Jesus in the light of its historical context and theological background, providing Christians with much-needed support for their faith, without accepting his death … Continue reading

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27 April 2014 Celebration of Canonization of Popes John XXIII and John Paul II #otdimjh

Pope John XXIII (25 November 1881 – 3 June 1963) and Pope John Paul II (18 May 1920 – 2 April 2005) reigned as popes of the Roman Catholic Church and the sovereigns of Vatican City (respectively from 1958 to … Continue reading

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26 April 1864 Rabbi Rudolp Hermann Gurland affirms publicly his faith in Yeshua #otdimjh

On April 26, 1864, Gurland and his wife were baptized by Pastor Faltin. In accordance with church tradition and Russian law, their names were changed. That Gurland chose “Rudolf Hermann” indicates that the minister was his godfather. Marie was named … Continue reading

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25 April 1866 Letter of Invitation to Form Hebrew Christian Alliance of Great Britain #otdimjh

Noting the existence of previous Hebrew Christian brotherhoods and other groups of Jewish Christians that met in the 19th century, Hugh Schonfield observes: But while these movements have interest as expressing the need of Jewish Christians for mutual dependence both … Continue reading

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24 April 1906 Amsterdam Conference on Jewish Evangelism debates Messianic Judaism #otdimjh

The International Jewish Missionary Conference of 1906 “In April of 1906, an International Jewish Missionary Conference (IJMC) was held in Amsterdam. This event would not only impact the Jews of Holland, but would have an effect upon all those countries … Continue reading

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23 April 1929 Birth of George Steiner, polymath, polyglot, and theologian manqué #otdimjh

Francis George Steiner, FBA (born April 23, 1929), is a French-born American literary critic, essayist, philosopher, novelist, and educator. He has written extensively about the relationship between language, literature and society, and the impact of the Holocaust. An article in … Continue reading

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22 April 1774 “Wandering Jew” of medieval myth arrives in Brussels #otdimjh

The “Wandering Jew” is a mythical figure – condemned to wander the earth forever – who embodies ancient and medieval anti-Judaism, and the teaching of Augustine that God had condemned the Jews to continue as ‘reluctant witnesses’ to their part … Continue reading

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21 April 2008 Messianic Jews Win Citizenship Victory in Israel #otdimjh

 For decades, Israel has made it next to impossible for immigrant Messianic Jews, who affirm belief in Jesus as Messiah, to become citizens of Israel. (Christianity Today reports). Often, if Messianic believers disclosed their faith in ‘Yeshua,’ the name they … Continue reading

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