8 May 1799 Baptism of Joseph Frey, founder of London Society for Promoting Christianity amongst the Jews #otdimjh
Joseph Samuel Christian Frederick Frey (born Joseph Levi) (1771–1850) was a missionary to the Jewish people. In 1809 he founded the London Society for promoting Christianity amongst the Jews after disagreements with the London Missionary Society.
In 1813 he founded the Beni Abraham, a congregation of Jewish believers in Yeshua that met in the East End of London.
In 1820 Frey founded the American Society for Meliorating the Condition of the Jews. A colourful and larger than life character, he was a speaker, organizer, apologist, fundraiser, and controversial character, both to his friends and his enemies. We have already looked at his influence and the agencies he formed. Here we remember his baptism by sprinkling in 1799. He would later be baptized by immersion in the USA on August 28, 1827.
Frey’s writings and ministry are well worth study for anyone interested in Messianic Judaism today. He has a theological imagination that outstripped many of his contemporaries. He lived as a marginalized figure in both Jewish and Christian communities. His personal life was not without its faults and flaws. But his contribution to the Jewish missions movement, and his early anticipation of the modern movement of Messianic Judaism cannot be denied, and we remember today his personal declaration of faith in Yeshua.
Prayer: Thank you Lord for this man of vision, faith, theological depth and organizational ability. As a child of his time he lived with the limitations of Christian lack of understanding and sympathy with Jews and Judaism, and was similarly influenced by these constraints. Yet he pioneered a new engagement with your people Israel, and in his own life sought to integrate what it means to be Jewish and believe in Yeshua.
Hebrew Grammar 1813
Essays on Baptism 1829
The theological lectures of Rev. David Bogue, never before published, Volume 1 (Google eBook)http://books.google.co.uk/books/about/The_theological_lectures_of_Rev_David_Bo.html?id=ewFMAAAAYAAJ&redir_esc=y David Bogue, Joseph Samuel Christian Frederick Frey L. Colby, 1849 – Theology, Doctrinal – 806 pages
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