June 12 in Christian History

Jun 12, 2007 08:48 AM EDT

June 12

1458: In England, the College of St. Mary Magdalen was founded at Oxford University.

1720: Birth of Isaac Pinto, translator of the first Jewish prayerbook published in America.

1744: David Brainerd, 26, was ordained a missionary to the Indians in Colonial New England by the Society for Propagating Christian Knowledge (SPCK).

1914: 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.

1950: American missionary martyr Jim Elliot wrote in his journal: "Earthly blessing is no sign of heavenly favor. Behold how many wicked prosper.

Source: William D. Blake. Almanac of the Christian Church, Minneapolis: Bethany House, 1987.