March 30 in Christian History

Mar 30, 2009 04:44 AM EDT

1135 - Birth of Moses Maimonides, medieval Jewish scholar. Considered the foremost Talmudist of the Middle Ages, his most important writing was "Guide to the Perplexed" (1190), in which he tried to harmonize Rabbinic Judaism with the increasingly popular Aristotelianism of his day.

1492 - The Jews were expelled from Spain by Inquisitor-General Tom's Torquemada (Spanish Inquisition).

1771 - English founder of Methodism John Wesley wrote in a letter: 'Suffer all, and conquer all.'

1863 - Ownership of Wilberforce University in Ohio was transferred to the African Methodist Episcopal Church. The school had been founded seven years earlier by the Methodist Episcopal Church.

1917 - All imperial lands, as well as lands belonging to monasteries, were confiscated by the Russian provisional government.

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