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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Sunday, May 30

339
Death of Eusebius, 74, Father of early church history. He attended the Council of Nicea in A.D. 325, and his "Historia Ecclesiastica" contains an abundance of detail on the first three centuries of the Early Church found nowhere else in ancient literature.
727
Death of Hubert, the "Apostle to the Ardennes" (a region now comprised of Northern France, Belgium, and Luxembourg).
1232
Pope Gregory IX canonizes Anthony of Padua, the "Wonder Worker."
1525
Last preserved letter of Conrad Grebel, written from Zurich, to his brother-in-law Vadian, is a vigorous plea against attempts to suppress Anabaptists by fines, confiscation of property, imprisonment, or death.
1527
Philip of Hesse opens the University of Marburg.
1756
Death at Bulstrode of Elizabeth Elstob, who had broken sex barriers to learn Anglo-Saxon. Among her translations was An English-Saxon Homily on the Birthday of St. Gregory, anciently used in the English-Saxon church, giving an account of the conversion of the English from paganism to Christianity. She had been a fervent defender of the Church of England.
1819
At the request of his father-in-law, Anglican bishop Reginald Heber pens the words to his missionary hymn, "From Greenland's Icy Mountains."
1822
A slave betrays plans for a massive uprising planned by African Methodist preacher Denmark Vesey in Charleston, South Carolina. One hundred and thirty one African Americans are arrested and Vesey's church is closed. Some of the plotters will be executed and others deported.
1933
Death in Boga, Congo, of African evangelist Apolo Kivebulaya.
1934
The two-day Barmen Synod ended in Germany. The resulting Barmen Declaration affirmed that the German Confessing Church recognized Jesus Christ to be the only authoritative voice of God, in clear contrast to all other (i.e., Nazi) powers representing divine revelation.

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