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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Friday, January 10

236
Fabian, a farmer visiting Rome, is elected pope (tradition says after a dove descends on him). He will serve until 250, when he will become one of the first martyrs under Decius, an emperor hostile to the Christian faith.
681
Death of Pope Agatho, a Sicilian, who had played a decisive part in suppressing the the Monothelite controversy.
1514
Funded by Cardinal Francesco Jiminez de Cisneros, a New Testament polyglot translation is completed in Spain, combining Greek, Hebrew, Latin, and Aramaic texts.
1604
Death of Juliana of Lazarevo (or Juliana of Murom), considered a saint by the Orthodox Church because as a layperson in Russia she lived a righteous life, helping the poor and needy, amidst her care for her children and others.
1645
Archbishop of Canterbury William Laud is beheaded under a bill of attainder from Parliament. He had been very cruel to Puritans and other dissenters.
1772
Pioneer American Methodist bishop and circuit rider Francis Asbury penned this prayer in his journal: 'Let me sooner choose to die than sin against thee, in thought, word, or deed.'
1858
Frances Havergal, visiting Germany, writes her first popular hymn, "I Gave my Life for Thee" after seeing a painting of the suffering Christ titled Ecce Homo ("Behold the Man"). Thinking the verses of little worth she throws the paper onto a fire but it falls off. When her father sees the words he composes a tune for them.
1863
Death in New York City of Lyman Beecher, famed anti-Unitarian preacher. In addition to pastoral roles in Connecticut and Massachusetts, he had served as president of Lane Theological Seminary in Ohio.
1947
U.S. Senate Chaplain Peter Marshall prayed: 'May we resolve, God helping us, to be part of the answer, and not part of the problem.'
1960
A car filled with seven Christian workers plunges into deep water in the Black Umbluzi River but Pastor Phineas Dlamini and the other six escape, some with injuries. Dlamini was a leading pastor in the Church of the Nazarene in Swaziland.

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