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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Saturday, March 30

606
(Probable date) Death on Mount Sinai of John Climacus, an Eastern hermit, author, and abbot. He had authored the popular book Scala Paradisi (The Ladder of Divine Ascent). Twelve centuries later, Danish philosopher-theologian S
794
Repose (death) of Stephen of Mar Saba, who had been something of a hermit and counseled compassion for nature. The Orthodox Church will recognize him as a saint.
1135
Birth of Moses Maimonides, medieval Jewish scholar. Considered the foremost Talmudist of the Middle Ages, his most important writing was "Guide to the Perplexed" (1190), in which he tried to harmonize Rabbinic Judaism with the increasingly popular Aristotelianism of his day.
1533
Thomas Cranmer is consecrated Archbishop of Canterbury with papal approval.
1555
Bishop Ferrar is burned at St. David's at Carmarthen, the chief town of his former diocese, condemned for violating his vow of chastity. After preaching against Roman Church forms he had been imprisoned by Mary and refused to be reconciled with Rome, saying that he had taken an oath both to Henry VIII and Edward VI never to admit the papal supremacy.
1735
The impious Howell Harris changes course, becoming a leading Welsh revivalist.
1771
Repose (Death) of Bishop Sophronius of Irkutsk, who will be recognized by the Orthodox Church as a saint because of his personal asceticism, wise counsel, championship of women's rights, and labors to uplift the spiritual life of his remote diocese.
1917
All imperial lands, as well as lands belonging to monasteries, were confiscated by the Russian provisional government.
1942
Death in Burbank, California, of Anne S. Murphy, author of the hymn "Constantly Abiding."
2004
Burial of Wilson Rajil Sabiya, a Lutheran defender of Christians and of oppressed tribes. Among his chief opponents were Islamists who sought to incorporate Sharia law into the Nigerian constitution and to control the government, medical, and educational facilities.

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