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Oct. 4 in Christian History

Oct 04, 2011 01:14 PM EDT

1535 - London printer Miles Coverdale, 47, published his English version of the Bible. A good translator who later served on two other translation committees, Coverdale was also popular as a Lutheran preacher.


1858 - Birth of Dorothy Frances Gurney, English devotional writer. During her lifetime she published two volumes of verse, as well as a small devotional work entitled, 'A Little Book of Quiet.'


1867 - In Southwest Africa, the Rhenish Missionary Church constituted itself as the Evangelical Lutheran Church.


1890 - Death of Catherine Booth, 61, wife of Salvation Army founder William Booth. Her last words were: 'The waters are rising, but so am I. I am not going under but over. Do not be concerned about dying; go on living well, the dying will be right.'


1965 - Paul VI arrived in New York City, making him the first pope in history to visit the United States. While speaking at the UN, Paul published a document exonerating the Jews of all blame in the death of Christ.


© 1987-2011, William D. Blake. Used by permission of the author, from

Almanac of the Christian Church