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interest-nay, of necessity; and the in- respect for their Missionary. Mr. Stockfeld formation of which, gathered from German is constantly visited by his Jewish friends, periodicals and books, and particularly and, as Kreuznach is a place whither numfrom the long experience of the venerable, bers of Jews from all lands congregate, good, and zealous missionary here, will be, he is, on market days particularly, visited I hope, of blessed use to me when I resume by them to purchase the Word of God. my labours in Mulhouse. It may be of But the most remarkable fact is, that interest to you to hear of the number and many come to buy the New Testament for the character of the Jews in this town or their children in the schools! This is the land. Kreuznach had, with its neighbour- blessed result of forty years' untiriog labour. bourhood – e. e., the two provinces of Mr. Stockfeld has sown in tears, and reaps Rhineland and Westphalia-according to with joy; he has planted and watered, and the official statement of 1816, 42,000 Jews. God gave the increase. It is well to reThese two provinces, divided into cight go- main in one's arm-chair by the fireside, and vernmental districts, viz., Aix-la-Chapelle, ask-"What have the missionaries done?” Coblentz, Cologne, Dusseldorf, Treves, Let those inquirers look around them, read Arnbourg, Minden, and Munster, with the the several Jewish periodicals, and, if still (by no means less than) 50,000 Hebrew dissatisfied, take a trip all over the Consouls, have but one regular Missionary, the tinent, from one missionary station to Rev. Mr. Stockfeld, one of the oldest la- another, and converse with the Jews; when bourers of the London Jewish Society, -a they may discover, to their humiliation, man of sound piety, and who seems to have -and, perhaps, to their delightful surprise spent, and is still spending, his whole life too-that great things have been done,for the extension of bis Master's kingdom. fortified Sebastopols taken, and sanguinary There is also, in consequence of his la- battles won, without shedding of blood, and bours, much sympathy shown to the without alarming money sacrifices, of which Jews among Christian pastors and com- they had not the slightest idea. munities. One society has, for instance, I have been able to keep up my corresbeen formed, in 1843, at Cologne, and pondence with inquiring Jews; and, but another, an auxiliary one, the year follow- yesterday, I received from Mr. Küss, the ing, at Kreuznach. Their object is to further President of the Bible Society at Colmar, the Missionary's work-to bring the Word the pleasing information that our beloved of the Cross to the Jews. And it was a
young friend B
is visiting his house matter of much gratification for me to find (where I had introduced him) regularly ; that the Rhine Christians, as well as their that Mr. Küss, or when absent his wife, conpastors, are not unaware that the great verses with our inquirer, and reads the Bible debt which the Christian Church owes to with him; and that he is taking two lessons the Jews, and which interest the English every week from Pastor Buhl, who will, Christians have, for the last half century, I trust, soon introduce him into the Church commenced to repay, is also theirs. The of Jesus by baptism. I have daily opcharacter of these Jews appears to be portunity to speak to Jews, but the baths most favourable to the object of the mis- here so weaken one, that a great deal of sions; they are generally very accessible, rest and quiet are required. and are attached and inspired with a deep
Mr. Ginsburg's very interesting resume of his last year's experience, not having arrived in time for the Appendix, will be given in the next Number.
Proceedings at the Annual Meeting.
(WE regret that, owing to the circumstance referred to at page 72, the report is not so full as had been expected. The following is extracted chiefly from the “ British Banner” and “ Patriot.”] The thirteenth Annual Meeting of this
“ The God of Abraham praise, Society was held at Freemasons Hall on
Who reigns enthroned above;" Friday evening, under the presidency of which having been sung, the Rev. E. ManSir C. E. Eardley, Bart. The attendance, nering offered prayer. as usual, was numerous, the Hall being well The CHAIRMAN said, that to his own filled at six o'clock, when the proceedings mind the subject of the Jews and their began by the Secretary reading the hymn: conversion to Christianity was at all times
full of interest and importance, and especi
lar indications of willingness—and, indeed, ally so at the present, when many circum- solicitude-to kuow the truth of the Gogstances seemed clearly to indicate that pel, had been manifested in London; and there was a real awakening among the Sir Culling was convinced that a general Jewish mind. He had no sympathy, he awakening among the Jewish mind had confessed, with those who merely regarded commenced. Reverting to the subject of the Jewish question in the same light that the changes which are taking place in the they do any question of evangelisation. East, he
entioned that a line of railway No doubt that in the estimation of the had been projected from the Mediterranean Saviour one soul was as precious as another; to Jerusalem; and it was expected that but that person must read the New Testa- the materials of the Balaklava Railway, ment very superficially who did not sce now no longer needed, would be transferred that the conversion of the world is essenti- to this new scene of operations, and form ally mixed up with the conversion of the the nucleus of the work. The British Go. Jews. (Hear, hear.) This truth was, in vernment had given its approval to the many instances, conveyed not by figurative scheme, and the representative of the Porte, language, but in plain prosaic declarations also, had, in general terms, expressed his which could not fail to impress and con- concurrence in the plan. Thus, all things vince all thoughtful minds. He would appeared to be tending towards the realisa. only direct attention to one passage, the
tion of results which all Christians must, of eleventh of Romans, where it was most dis- necessity, most earnestly desire to witness. tinctly set forth that the salvation of the Mr. G. YONGE, the Secretary, read the Jews is to be the occasion of the salvation Report of the Committee and the cash stateof mankind. It surely, then, became the ment, (for which see the last No. of the duty of Christians to look at the Jew in Jewish Herald.”) this light, and to consider with the Apostle The Rev. W. STONE, M, A., moved:Paul that his conversion is one of the steps “That the Report now presented be reby which the conversion of the Gentiles is ceived with expressions of devout thanksto be effected. All efforts, therefore, on giving to God for the continued encouragebehalf of the Jew might be considered as ment which has attended the course of this having a most important bearing upon Gen- Society through another year, and for tiles also. (Hear, hear.) ' It was impossi- special aid afforded in circumstances of ble to look at events now transpiring in peculiar trial.” the East, and to ubserve the present phase Asaclergyman of the Established Church, of the Jewish mind up and down Europe, he was very glad to have the opportunity of without being convinced that some great attending such a meeting as the present, future is in store for the Jewish people. where he could neet and mingle with Lately, Sir Culling said, he had had the Christian brethren of other denominations. privilege to attend and preside over a Con- It was only by the manifestation of brotherly ference in Paris, at which several educated love that Christians could hope to reach the and influential Jews were present, earnest.
heart of the Jew. ly desirous to hear what was to be said The Rev. T. AVELING, in seconding the about the conversion of their brethren to resolution, expressed his gratification in Christianity. The Rev. Dr. Duff made a being permitted to welcome the chairman most impressive speech on that occasion, in his new official position, as Treasurer of and dwelt upon the importance of Chris- the Society. He could not but remember tians manifesting towards the Jews, if they how many of the best years of that gentlewould win them to the Saviour, the utmost man's life had been devoted to the attainkindness and affection. At the close of ment of an object very dear to his heartthe meeting, several of the Jews assured the union of all Christians in a boly conSir Culling that they should go away federation, for the purpose of mutual counwith very altered ideas of what Chris- sel and help. He (Mr. A.) could not but tianity really is. The Catholic spirit mani- think that in the whole range of Christian fested at the conference was something very institutions with which this land is honoured different from that which they were accus- and beautified, not one could be found more tomed to witness from the priesthood of congenial to the sympathy and sentiments France. (Hear, hear.) Subsequently, a of the chairman than this Society, whose private Sabbath-evening meeting was held Catholic platform was one of those cheering at a lady's house with these Jewish gen-proofs sometimes met with-would that tlemen, when three hours were spent in the they were more frequent!-of the possibility most interesting and, he could not doubt, of Christians of different names co-operating profitable conversation. (Hear, hear.) together for a holy and beneficent end. Within the last few weeks, moreover, simi- Mr. A. expressed the deep regret which he
had felt that the Society had been obliged to diminish the number of its Missionaries, in consequence of financial difficulties; but he earnestly hoped, now that the Christian public had so generally responded to their appeal for help, that not only would the staff of agents be restored to its former strength, but greatly augmented. Never had there been a period in the history of that remarkable people, to promote whose evangelisation they had this evening met together, in which the signs of an awakened interest in eternal things had been more marked and cheering. Everywhere, at home and abroad, there appeared an upheaving of the Jewish mind; as if a mighty impulse were at work, to awaken them from their long-continued lethargy, and prepare them for coming events of the utmost significance. In listening to the Report of Mr. Yonge, his heart had been gladdened by the incident mentioned in connexion with the Jews at Rhodes. When returning from Palestine, where his hand had been last grasped by the Society's agent, Mr. Manning, than whom there was not a more worthy and devoted man living-he had called at the island of Rhodes. While on shore, in company with Mr. Crawford, one of the missionaries resident at Jerusalem, belonging to the London Society, he had visited the Jewish synagogue and schools, and talked with the Jews in the bazaar. Mr. C. was everywhere met by them with the most marked respect, listened to with attention, and thanked most courteously for his kind interest on their behalf. And now to have learned from the Report that Mr. Manning, at Beyrout, had received a communication from a Jew at Rhodes, requesting him to send a large number of copies of the Sacred Scriptures to that island, seemed to him to be at once an illustration of his own remark, that everywhere the Jewish mind was yearning to know the truth, and afforded good ground for hoping that the visit to which he had referred had not been unattended with fruits. He regarded the projected railway to Jerusalem as one of the hopeful signs of the times in connexion with the Jewish people. The effect of taking English capital in the direction indicated, would be to produce fresh and increased interest in the people of the East, and in the Jews especially; and the influence of this altered state of things upon their condition could scarcely fail to be of the most important kind. The report of Jewish affairs in Jerusalem is full of interest. Love, and not lawlessness, is at work among them now, in the name of Christianity; and instead of receiving harsh treatment, to which they were accustomed whenever they
were met by a so-called professor of the faith of Jesus, the Jews find a kindly feeling manifested towards them by the Protestant Christians who are now at work there. He was not about to enter into any speculations concerning the way in which certain prophetical statements were likely to be realised; his own conviction being, that they had better keep to great general principles. It had been objected against the Society by some, that its supporters were opposed to give in their adhesion to particular views respecting the second advent; but this was quite a mistake. They had one object in view, the conversion of Israel ; and from this one end they must not be turned by any speculative questions. Their strength lay in the simplicity of their aim; and in this simplicity, there was, to his mind, a great moral grandeur. The Committee of the Society were in no respect fettered with any peculiar opinions, and of course all the friends of the Society were equally free. If this matter were distinctly understood, he could not but think that the objections which had been made by some against the Society would be cntirely removed. Mr. Aveling concluded by assuring the meeting of his deep and growing interest in everything connected with the evangelisation of the Jew, and his increasing concern, therefore, for the success of the Society, whose anniversary they were met to celebrate,
Another hymn having been sung, the Rev. W. TYLER offered prayer.
Thos. WHEATLEY, Esq., then moved :
“ That regarding with believing and hopeful solicitude the present civil and religious condition of the Jewish people, and satisfied of the adaptation of the Society's agency to its great object, this meeting resolves, in dependence on Divine assistance, by every means to secure its permanent support, its increased efficiency, and the extension of its field of labour, entrenting that the blessing hitherto so graciously bestowed may be enlarged a thousandfold for the spiritual good of Israel, and for the glory of Israel's Redeemer.”
Mr. Wheatley took a retrospective view of the history of the Jewish people, and rehearsed the cruelties inflicted upon them by professing Christians, even in our own land, in other days ; recounted the many obligations under which the Gentiles lay to the Jews ; and made the whole a ground of appeal to Christians to put forth renewed efforts to diffuse a knowledge of the pure Gospel among them in whatever nation they were accessible.
The Rev. Jostai VINEY seconded the resolution. He believed that a great work is going on among the Jews on the Conti
nent, and that they are silently but surely influence of the truths which they profess being brought under the influence of the to hold. But after all, the number of edu. Gospel of Christ. If the Christian people cated Jews who had embraced Christ was of England looked at this matter aright, not small, and facts that might be named they would, he felt convinced, put forth abundantly proved that the conversion of far greater efforts on behalf of the Jews Jews had, in a multitude of instances, led than they had ever yet done, and seek to to revivals and conversions in the ranks of realise their individual responsibility. Mr. the Gentiles. The revival of the work of Viney also related a pleasing instance of the God in Holland, for example, was to be conversion of a Jewish widow, which had attributed instrumentally to Da Costa and lately come under his own observation. Capadose. (Hear, hear.) Mr. Herschell The resolution was adopted.
mentioned that it was in contemplation to The Rev. R. HERSCHELL moved:
establish, on a spot near Jerusalem, an agri" That the conduct of this Society during cultural school and industrial farm for the current year be entrusted to those Jewish converts ; and it was believed that whose names are now read, with power to such a scheme would tell with considerable increase the Committee, especially by the effect upon their unconverted brethren. addition of members representing the friends The Rev. B. LEWIS seconded the resoof the Society in the country; and that lution, and it was adopted. this meeting resolves to implore for them, The Rev. JAMES Smith next moved, and and for all agents of the Society, those sup- the Rev. E. MORLEY seconded :plies of grace by which, holding fast to the “ That this meeting tenders its cordial Catholic and evangelical constitution of the and respectful thanks to Sir Culling E. Society, they may most efficiently promote Eardley, Bart., for his kindness in accepting its interests."
the office of Treasurer, and for his presiChristians, he thought, ought to manifest dency on the present occasion." great humility when speaking of the blind. The resolution was cordially received. ness of the few in rejecting the Gospel, Sir CuLLING, in responding to the vote, considering what immense labour had been mentioned, that when requested to take the bestowed upon the Gentile world, and office of Treasurer to this Society, he nade comparing it with the real religious condi- two stipulations as the condition of doing tion of Christendom at the present moment. 50,--that a simultaneous effort should be In fact, he attributed the repugnance of the made to recruit the funds ; and that the Jews to Christianity very mainly to the Catholic basis of the Society should be more false views of the Gospel which almost distinctly recognised by placing several everywhere on the Continent, as well as clergymen of the Established Church upon largely in this country, are presented to the Committee. Both these suggestions had their notice as the truth which Christ taught been kindly acceded to; and he could asand by which men are to be saved. A sure the meeting, that having put his hand great and blessed change, lie believed, would to the plough, he should do his best, with speedily be effected in the Jewish mind, if the help of Heaven, to cultivate the field in Christianity were presented to it in all its which they were at work. beautiful simplicity, and Christians were Another hymn having been sung, and really to illustrate in their lives the holy prayer offered, the proceedings terminated.
We regret that we omitted in our last Number gratefully to acknowledge, on the part of the Ladies at Norwich, the receipt, from Friends at Newark, of a large assortment of valuable articles for the Bazaar.
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Edhat shall we do?"
The Word of God records few instances of the power of public preaching more striking than that connected with John's ministry in the wilderness. There was nothing of human eloquence to enforce it-nothing in the preacher's appearance to win admiration ; but he was in earnest. He spoke from heart to heart; it was the power of truth commending itself to every man's conscience in the sight of God; and conscience responded to the appeal, as we believe it always will under such preaching. There was individual application. "The people asked him, saying, What shall we do, then?" " Then came also publicans to be baptised, and said unto him, Master, what shall we do?” “And the soldiers likewise demanded of him, saying, And what shall we do?" Just such is the result to which we would have our own minds and those of our readers brought in reference to the cause of Jewish evangelisation and the agency employed for its promotion.
The Past, the Present, and the Future of the Jews, intelligently and scripturally considered, may well lead every believer in Jesus to ask, And what shall I do ?”
The actual condition of this Society urges a reply to the inquiry. It has passed through a pecuniary trial of no ordinary severity, and has entered on a new stage of its existence under more favourable circumstances than usual. It is already enlarging its agency. One Missionary (the Rev. J. I. Mombert) is appointed to Saxony; Mr. Jaffé will occupy Frankfort-on-Oder and neighbourhood; probably Mr. Maxwell Ben Oliel will go to the East; and a student is under instruction with a view to the work. Hoping that the Society's income will not be suffered to sink below that of the last year, we desire to look forward with cheerfulness,
VOL. XI.-NEW SERIES, VOL. II.