Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Wednesday, April 7

1321
Muslims near Bombay challenge Franciscan Thomas of Tolentino to say what he thinks of Muhammad. When he responds that "Muhammad is the son of perdition and has his place in hell with the devil his father..." they kill him and his companions, who will become known as the Four Martyrs of Tana. Jordanus of Severac survives to bury them and to conduct mission work in India for about ten years.
1498
A trial by fire is arranged between Fra Domenico, one of Girolamo Savonarola's followers, and another monk. When Savonarola will not allow Fra Domenico to undertake the ordeal, he loses his influence in Florence.
1628
Arrival in what is now New York of Dominie Jonas Michaelius, the first Dutch Reform pastor in the New Nederlands.
1824
Premier of Beethoven's Missa Solemnis (Solemn Mass) in St. Petersburg, Russia.
1872
Death of Abigail Bradley Hyde in Andover, Massachusetts. She had written a number of hymns including "Dear Savior, if These Lambs Should Stray."
1884
Birth of C. H. Dodd, English clergyman and Bible scholar. Dodd became the most influential British New Testament scholar of the mid-20th century, and penned over a dozen books, including "The Parables of the Kingdom" (1934).
1885
Deaconess Elizabeth Fedde, working in New York City, writes in her diary, “A terrible day. Board meeting, and I have been left in a powerless position. This is the hardest time I have had in America, and the appeal for help is in danger. God be merciful! I have the whole board against me and everything is wrong and I wish I were dead. God be merciful to me, a sinner!”
1898
Giuseppi Verdi's Te Deum is first performed, in a concert by the Paris Opera, with two other religious compositions from his Quattro pezzi sacri. Allegedly he will ask to be buried with this piece under his head.
1924
Death in California of John Norton Loughborough, a leader in the early Seventh-day Adventist movement, and its first historian.
1947
Repose (death) of Savvas the New, patron saint of the Greek island Kalymnos. An ascetic, he had been priest and spiritual father of the nuns of the Convent of All Saints but was also known for painting icons.

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