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Messianic Jewish teacher in UK

20 September 1937 Birth of David Beijersbergen, Dutch Holocaust Survivor

See you in Jerusalem!                                                                        Diny Beijersbergen-Groot David and his twin sister Elisabeth were born in The Hague on September 20, 1937. His father Jacob Beijersbergen was a greengrocer and his mother Roosje van Gelder a bookbinder. Later two more … Continue reading

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15 August 1983 Passing of Jacob Jocz – Hebrew Christian Scholar, Theologian and Evangelist #otdimjh

Jacob Jocz (pronounced “Yotch” and rhyming with “Scotch”) was a third-generation Jewish disciple of Jesus, a refugee, evangelist, pastor and theologian. Whilst his father perished in the Holocaust, Jocz’s escape from Poland led to his work as a Anglican minister … Continue reading

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15 July 1930, Birth of Jacques Derrida and the Theological Genealogies of Modernity #otdimjh

For those who attended online the recent conference on Theological Genealogies of Modernity an important reminder today of the birth of Jacques Derrida on this day in Messianic Jewish history. I have come more and more to appreciate that his … Continue reading

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17 June 1922 Birth of Eric Cohen – Secret Theology Student, Secret Jewish disciple of Yeshua

Erich Cohen was the son of sales representative Paul Cohen and was baptised as a child alongside his father in 1928 at the age of 6, probably to avoid persecution under the National Socialists. This had little effect, and with … Continue reading

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7 June 1913 Shabbetai Benjamin Rohold Opens “Christian Synagogue” in Toronto #otdimjh

Shabbetai Benjamin Rohold’s life was eventful. The first President of the Hebrew Christian Alliance of America, he was born in Palestine in 1876 where his father was a Rabbi in Jerusalem. He became a disciple of Yeshua, moved to the … Continue reading

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5 June 1886 – Birth of Kurt Hahn, Refugee, Educationalist, Prince Philip’s mentor, Jewish disciple of Jesus #otdimjh

I regard it as the foremost task of education to insure survival of these qualities: an enterprising curiosity, an undefeatable spirit, tenacity in pursuit, readiness for sensible self-denial, and above all, compassion ( http://www.KurtHahn.org) Kurt Matthias Robert Martin Hahn CBE … Continue reading

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31 May 1927 Birth of Michael Goulder, Maverick Scholar, Messianic Jewish Lectionary Composer #otdimjh

In the 1980s I was part of the London Messianic Congregation, and we were putting together our pattern of readings starting with the weekly Torah portion (parasha), with a portion from the Prophets (haftarah) and a passage from the B’rit … Continue reading

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24th May 2021 – Happy 80th Birthday, Bob Dylan! #otdimjh

Robert Allen Zimmerman was born on May 24, 1941. One of the greatest singer-songwriters of the 20th century, his powerful words and music have initiated and mirrored the shifts in contemporary American society.  His body of work has crossed musical … Continue reading

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

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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…

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19 April 1881 – Primrose Day – Passing of Benjamin Disraeli, Prime Minister, Novelist, Christian and Jew #otdimjh

“There is one fact which none can contest. Christians may continue to persecute Jews, and Jews may persist in disbelieving Christians, but who can deny that Jesus of Nazareth, the Incarnate Son of the Most High God, is the eternal … Continue reading

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