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Today in Christian History
In England, the College of St. Mary Magdalen was founded at Oxford University.
Eusebio Kino is ordained a priest in the Jesuit order at Eistady, Austria. He will become a missionary to Mexico and the area that will become the southwestern United States.
Birth of Isaac Pinto, translator of the first Jewish prayerbook published in America.
David Brainerd is ordained in New Jersey. The latter years of his short life will be spent in efforts to evangelize American Indians until his death of tuberculosis at age twenty-nine.
Death in Rugby, Warwickshire, England, of Thomas Arnold, a Christian and a prominent English educator.
Dr. D. B. McCartee, the first American Presbyterian missionary to settle in Central China, gets his first sight of the city of Ningpo where he will live and work for many years. His presence is the result of prayerful faith, the Board of Foreign Missions having prepared for the day when changes in international agreements would allow them to enter this region of China with the Gospel.
Death in Hartburn, Northumberland, England, of clergyman John Hodgson, author of a well-planned history of Northumberland, and, perhaps more importantly, a successful advocate for improved safety in the mining industry.
The first edition of A.T. Robertson's monumental 'Grammar of the Greek New Testament' was released. Its 1400+ pages make it the largest systematic analysis of the original New Testament language ever published.
Death in Glasgow, Scotland, of James Denney. As a theologian and educator in the Free Church, he strongly defended the penal character of the atonement.
American missionary martyr Jim Elliot wrote in his journal: 'Earthly blessing is no sign of heavenly favor. Behold how many wicked prosper.'
© 1987-2020, William D. Blake. Portions used by permission of the author, from "Almanac of the Christian Church"