British Mission to the Jews in Nineteenth-century Palestine by Yaron Perry

By Yaron Perry

Yaron Perry's account unearths, with no bias or partiality, the tale of the "London Society for selling Christianity among the Jews" and its exact contribution to the recovery of the Holy Land. This Protestant association have been the 1st to take root within the Holy Land from 1820 onwards.

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37 During this visit, Nicolayson made no advance at all in setting up a permanent mission station. The events that had occurred and the distress they caused induced him to return the way he had come, to Beirut, on 17 February 1826. ’38 He remained in Beirut until November 1826, and then rented an apartment in Safed, in the Galilee, where he resided until the middle of May 1827. During his stay there, Nicolayson made a thorough examination of the possibilities of establishing a mission in the Galilean city, and noted the stubborn objections of its residents.

Nicolayson felt that the discovery of the wall, which fitted in almost exactly with the plans drawn up for the mission buildings, was a sign from heaven, and he naturally used it as a ready-made foundation. At the beginning of February 1840 the excavation work and exposure of the wall was completed and on the 10th of the month the cornerstone was laid. 74 At the end of March 1840 the general assembly of the London Society sent its blessings on the completion of the first floor of the mission’s building complex in Jerusalem and instructed Nicolayson to cancel his original plan to assign the second floor as a prayer hall, and instead to prepare immediate plans for the construction of a separate church building.

In May 1823, after a stay in the BRITISH MISSION TO THE JEWS 21 south of France and in Malta, they sailed for the port of Tyre in order to spend the summer in the mountains of Lebanon. During their stay there, Way decided to carry out the idea conceived by Wolff a year earlier of establishing a seminary in the village of Antoura. ). ’28 Lewis Way never managed to reach Jerusalem as his poor health forced him to return to England at the end of the summer of 1823. His fellow delegate, William Lewis, who remained in Lebanon, had to complete the task alone, and set out on his journey, spending long periods of time among the Jewish communities of Safed and Tiberias.

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