Monthly Archives: December 2015

31 December 335 Sylvester day commemorates the Pope who presided over the Council of Nicaea #otdimjh

Silvester or Sylvester is the day of the Feast of Pope Sylvester I, a saint who served as Pope of the Catholic Church from 314 to 335 and oversaw both the First Council of Nicaea and Roman Emperor Constantine I’s … Continue reading

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31 December 335 Sylvester day – celebrated today in Israel – commemorating the Pope who oversaw the Council of Nicaea

Silvester or Sylvester is the day of the Feast of Pope Sylvester I, a saint who served as Pope of the Catholic Church from 314 to 335 and oversaw both the First Council of Nicaea and Roman Emperor Constantine I’s … Continue reading

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30 December 1576 Converso poet, Hebraist and theologian Luis de Léon released from prison #otdimjh

Fray Luis Ponce de León (Belmonte, Castile, Spain, 1527 – Madrigal de las Altas Torres, Castile, Spain, 23 August 1591) was a Spanish lyric poet, Augustinian friar and theologian and academic, active during the Spanish Golden Age. Today he is … Continue reading

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29 December 1977 UCCI protest hastily passed Knesset Anti-Missionary Law #otdimjh

  From The Tablet ISRAEL Controversial law On 27 December [1977] the Knesset passed on its second and final readings a private members’ bill entitled Penal Code Amendment Law (Enticement to Change of Religion) 1977 (see The Tablet, 24/31 December). … Continue reading

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28 December 1902 Birth of “How to read a book” author Mortimer Adler #otdimjh

Mortimer Adler(December 28, 1902 – June 28, 2001) was a philosopher, educator, and popular author. He is best known for his classic of American popular culture, “How to Read a Book”. As a philosopher he worked within the Aristotelian and Thomistic … Continue reading

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27 December 1814 Charles Simeon attends his first London Society (CMJ) Board Meeting #otdimjh

Charles Simeon (24 September 1759 – 13 November 1836) was a leading clergyman within the Evangelical party of the Church of England. When he began his ministry at Holy Trinity, Cambridge, he was so unpopular that the Churchwardens barred his … Continue reading

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26 December Feast of Stephen, first Messianic Jewish martyr #otdimjh

Stephen was a Hellenist, a Greek-speaking Jew influenced by Greco-Roman culture, who was a disciple of Yeshua. “Stephanos” is the Greek for garland, the prize laurel wreath awarded to victors at the games or after a battle. It may well be … Continue reading

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25 December 1821 Birth of David Christian Ginsburg, missionary, scholar and exposer of fake Deuteronomy scroll #otdimjh

Bernstein summarises a distinguished academic career, but Ginsburg achieved public fame through his part in exposing one of the great frauds of the century, in disproving the claims of another fellow Jewish believer in Yeshua to have discovered an early … Continue reading

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24 December 1804 Birth of Raphael Hirsch/Dr Joiachim Heinrich Biesenthal #otdimjh

Perhaps the greatest scholar of the 19th century Hebrew Christians, Biesenthal was widely known, but I have been unable to find a photograph of him. The account in Bernsteinreads: Biesenthal, Dr. Joiachim Heinrich—or, to give him his birth-name, Raphael Hirsch—was … Continue reading

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23 December 1892 Death of Paul (Selig) Cassel, writer, parliamentarian, theologian and opponent of Anti-Semitism #otdimjh

Feb. 27, 1821, in Gross-Glogau, Silesia; died Dec. 23, 1892, in Friedenau, near Berlin The Jewish Encyclopedia (1906) gives a short summary to a longer article: Convert to Christianity and missionary to the Jews; born Feb. 27, 1821, in Gross-Glogau, Silesia; … Continue reading

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