June 12 in Christian History

Jun 12, 2009 12:53 PM EDT

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.'

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