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be the name of the Lord, He has re- who will be restored by IIim alone, moved the difficulties, preserved the when they begin to seek and long for invalid's life, and restored her unto us; God
and their king David, as is predicted she is now pretty well, although ex- in Hosea iii. This alone can account tremely weak, and I have been able, for their national condition, which would thank God, to resume my work with otherwise be inexplicable. fresh zeal and earnestness. May the The orthodox party seemed very Lord bless our Christian brother, Mr. pleased, and said: “ · Perhaps you are Davidson, who left us a few days right, but how can we give up that ago. He really proved himself to be which our fathers have left as sacred such, sharing all our trials with true and holy ?" After having asked them Christian love, and watching with me by how they had enjoyed their feast and turns at the bedside of the patient. sacred days, which had only just passed, His practical advice in secular, as well they answered, sighing: "There is noas spiritual matters, has often proved thing of the solemnity and sacredness most useful. It would, in fact, be im- our fathers used to feel; this is a possible to have shown more kindness mere imitation." In short, the whole than he did to us. May the words of tenour of their conversation indicated life, wherever he communicates them to dissatisfaction with their present state. his brethren, be blessed and bear fruit The rational party observed : “If there abundantly ! I lately had an ample were but a few hundreds who would ac. opportunity granted me for bearing knowledge your doctrines, we should witness to the truth of the Bible in surely be among the number.” Thank general, as well as to the holy name of God, however, I was permitted to corJesus, in the presence of many strangers, rect their erroneous views of our holy both orthodox and rational Jews, the religion, believing it, as they did, to former, though strict in observances, impose the relinquishing of all Jewish yet shaken in the genuine faith of their observances as an absolute duty, and ancestors in them, but it was very pain. to give full license to act against sound ful to me to hear the latter denying the morality. I showed them that our di. inspiration of the Book of books, when vine Teacher exclaimed: "Which of you yet, their very names, their conduct, in convinceth me of sin?" because He was short, all around them, contradicts their without sin, and, as far as the grace of assertion, proving the truth of the God enables us, we must strive to folBible, and the lie on their lips. I spoke low in the same steps. When leaving to them very emphatically, trying to them, they shook hands in the most prove to them, that however they may friendly manner, and expressed their attempt denying the divine truth of the well wishes for me, which is far more Bible, nolens, volens, they bear an un- than I could expect. I have again remistakable witness to its truth, among sumed my evening classes with nine the nations where they are scattered young men, who gladly and eagerly for that very purpose, by their national avail themselves of the opportunity to and social condition, by their very ad- receive instruction in spiritual and seherence to a religion in which they do cular subjects. I opened it with prayer, not beliere, and for which they are per. and took up the Gospel according to St. secuted. As to their objection, that the John, which particularly points out the more a nation advances in civilisation divinity of Jesus, a truth to which the more their rights are acknowledged, these young men are no longer strangers, and the more liberties do they enjoy, as and indeed it is my maxiin to preach is the case in the present day with Christ without reserve.
Gold and silEngland, having entirely emancipated ver I have none, but I can employ the them, I explained to them, that these Gospel itself to bring them unto it. were the rights they enjoyed as English- They listened with great attention, and men, but that it was by no means wished every thing to be explained. a national restoration, and could not, One of the young men, who is in postherefore, be considered as a real blessing; session of a Hebrew New Testament, their social condition would always and is pretty well acquainted with it, remain precarious, and that even there said that he was very much struck with the religious Jews are looking to Jerusa. the passage where it says: “Many lem as their home, and expecting to be will say to me, Lord, Lord,' and Jesus one day gathered together from all the will answer 'I know you not," wherecorners of the earth, to be made one as, Judaism teaches in one of the mishpeople and one nation ; so that all tends nas that all Israel shall have a part in to prove their being a Messianic people, the future world. It is evident," con
tinued he, “that Christianity is far sublimer in its principles, as it requires the heart to be given to God, whereas, with the former, the mere name is sufficient."
I think I have mentioned to you before that there is a German colony at a little distance from Ibraila. At present it consists of twenty-five families, some having left for Turkey.
One among them very often calls upon me, with his wife. They are truly children of God, and I must confess, I have hardly ever met wiih such simplicity and true faith. It is therefore a great comfort and refreshment for our souls, being deprived of the means of grace we could enjoy in England, to engage in prayer with these brethren, and have some Christian communion.
During Mrs. Gellert's illness English gunboat came up here from Galatz. Mr. and Mrs. Mayer availed themselves of the opportunity, and came to pay us a visit. One of the officers of
the boat is a very pious young man, entirely withdrawn from all the worldly pleasures that so much engross his coinpanions, and takes great delight in re. ligious subjects. A few days ago the gunboat came up again, and our Chris. tian friend, whose society is truly edi. fying, came to spend a little while with
He takes great interest in the missionary work, and wrote to me that he would be greatly delighted to take the Lord's supper with us, if possible. I mention this, though perhaps irrelevant, to give you some idea of the delight we experience when we meet a Christian brother in this benighted land. One of the German Jews here, Mr. —, whom I have mentioned before as a very well. educated man, induced the community to establish a Jewish school chiefly out of jealousy, and for this purpose wrote for his brother from
We must, therefore, watch the progress of this establishment, before we can go to any expense with ours,
Mr. Davidson, who has for a time returned to Nuremberg, expresses similar sentiments :
I feel very thankful to be enabled to ness of the station, and the unfinished acquaint you with my safe arrival here, attempt at the establishment of the on the 6th inst., after an absence of mission school, I can only confirm what six months, during which time I have is already sufficiently known to yourexperienced many of the
Lord's mercies self and the public, and I judge it better and kind support. The Danubian left till we have farther progressed with Principalities are noted for heat of that establishment. As to the last climate, but at no time, in the memory point, we shall be still better able to of aged persons, has the heat come up judge during the coming few months, to the height experienced in the present when perhaps the political horizon of year. Already much affected thereby Europe may begin to clear up, and we in Ibraila, I thought that a change of shall be left in less obscurity, which, in air might reliere me, but my visits to Wallachia, amounts to Egyptian darkthe country happened to take place ness, for want of proper intelligence, during the hottest season of this suin- My return thither must, as I have stated
My sufferings were certainly in my last, entirely depend on the devery great; but here I discerned the cision of the Committee, while, in the tender paternal care of our heavenly meantime, I shall correspond with Mr. Father, who, notwithstanding, enabled Gellert. As to himself, he certainly me throughout to continue my inter- does all a missionary can do, and this course with Jews, and what the burning in all simplicity, on account of which he heat of the day prevented me doing, is much esteemed by Jew and Gentile. the evenings frequently supplied. But still the permanent establishment
I intended to give you a regular re- of the mission in Ibraila, I feel pretty port about Ibraila, for insertion in the sure, will depend upon our success in Herald ;" but considering the new- establishing the school.
STUTTGARD. The Rev. P. E. GOTTHEIL's reference to the movement among the Jewish people for the circulation of the sacred Scriptures among themselves, will be gratefully received. We wait but to hear them say, “Come, let us go
pray to the God of our fathers,” and we shall see the bow of the covenant shining against whatever dark cloud may gather before them, and we shall hear the paternal voice,—"Return unto me, and I will return unto you, and this is the covenant which I will make with you.” (See Jer. xxxi. 33.)
“But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people."
TO THE EDITOR OF THE JEWISH HERALD. DEAR SIR-I have lately had occasion to point out to your readers some indications, denoting that there is a silent, yet steady, work going on in the Jewish mind—a process whose working we can scarcely trace, yet of which, now and then, we are permitted, through grace, and for our encouragement, to observe some pleasing results. Permit me, this time, very briefly to refer, in confirmation of the above, to another instance which has come to my knowledge since.
I have before me an Appeal, lately issued by one of the leaders of modern Judaism on the Continent. And what is the aim of this Appeal? None other than the proposal to form a Bible Society among, and for the benefit of, the Jews. Now, some of your readers might think this a fact of no great importance, and one that not unfrequently occurs, without much notice being taken of it; but not so those who know a little of the state of Judaism, its tendencies, and its working. To them the proposal, “ to form a Bible Society for the Jews," emanating from Jews, will appear as a fact indicative of good. It is still within the memory of many that the Bible was little known, and as little esteemed, by the bulk of the Jews. Most of them only knew the Pentateuch, and, perhaps, the Book of Psalms: even the learned among them knew little more of the Old Testament. At all events, the Bible was not a book for the house, the family, the individual; it was virtually a closed book.
But the missionary work commenced, and with it came the Bible, the whole Bible, as the groundwork of all saving knowledge-as the daily companion of man's existence. Gradually the Jews learned to look upon the Bible as more than a mere compilation for the learned; they got accustomed to see it in man's hand-to see it referred to as a source of infallible wisdom. In many Jews, however, there seemed to hover a kind of dislike to this constant use of the Word. This was the “ natural man and mind” within them, showing enmity to the things of God. All who have laboured in the work of Jewish evangelisation must, doubtless, remember many such instances within their own experience, of Jews demurring, in terms more or less direct, to a diligent reference to the Word. Gradually, however, by the force of Christian example, and owing to the recommendation of Christian friends, no doubt, the Bible was introduced as a school-book, the labours of Christian Bible Societies making it possible to provide each child with the whole Old Testament at a trifling outlay. And thus, gradually, the Jewish mind has been brought to feel that there is a necessity to possess the Word-that there is a blessing in having it. As the Appeal above referred to says, "modern Judaism has lost the Bible-it must be possessed of it again ;” and then proposal is made to organise a society for this purpose. The movement is professedly directed against the Mission, and meant to counteract its influence. But we have no such fear, knowing that the work of the Mission is the work of the Bible, and that the dissemination of the Bible can only promote the objects sought by the Mission.
In fine, were we permitted, in so holy a cause as our work among the Jews is, to speak of triumph, we might safely say that this movement, now sprung up among the Jews, is a triumph achieved by the Mission, and this under the most difficult circumstances—but nay, the rather, all glory be given, both by
Jews and Jewish and Gentile Christians, to the God of the Bible, who, by His
P. E. GOTTHEIL.
Mr. GOTTHEIL also states : Since I wrote to you last, we have hand of God. She was now left alone had to mourn the death (and yet why in the world, -yet not alone, for I found mourn ?) of two beloved friends, both her trusting in the Lord, and cheerful Jewish Christians. The one is a con- under His dispensation, believing that vert of long standing, living at Munich, He was doing all for good. I was in Bavaria. He was an ardent lover of pleased to see her thus trusting, and Jesus, and of all His people everywhere, believing, and even cheerful. With and of a true evangelical mind. The her was a nephew of her's, a medical Evangelical Alliance was his favourite man in the Prussian service, which theme, and I believe he constantly seemed to be a great comfort to her. prayed for its success. At the same What a lone life it would have been time, being in affluent circumstances, for her, had she not known Him that he was ever ready to support the cause sticketh closer than a brother, and who of the Gospel. He was present at the is a Refuge at all times. Alliance meeting, at Berlin, last autumn; My home labour has received an ad. and much enjoyed the communing with dition, by the introduction of weekly believing brethren from the House of biblical lectures in the German language, Israel. The other is the younger of which I deliver at my chapel every the two ladies whose baptism took place Wednesday evening. The subject to be here last year. She died near Frank- treated (from the prophet Zechariah) furt, and in perfect peace. I thought is made known, and the subjects always it my duty to go and see her venerable viewed in a missionary point. I trust mother, who had been visited by the some good will result from it.
FRANCE. MR. BRUNNER’s recital is deeply interesting, as it refers to a case in which the light of Heaven is struggling with, and apparently prevailing over, the darkness which had long imprisoned mind and soul. It is also gratifying, as presenting another proof of the value of the Book of Life:
Amidst the usual vaccilations of our feeling of pain and curiosity that I lis. work, which is almost necessarily so, tened to the wild starts of his reasoning, considering the different state of the in labouring to undermine the edifice individuals we are daily occupied with, of Christian truth. He studied intently it is a consolation to the missionary to the New Testament with the only obsee, occasionally, the prejudices of the ject to salute my visits with new obJews die away, and a right appreciation jections. To reduce these objections to of the legitimate claims of Jesus force their real value was not easy with a the hard shell of their hearts, and mind that clung to mist and darkness emerge into light.
only, like the blue fly to decayed matResults like these are, under God's ters. Often he would bring up his reblessing, owing to the patient and prayer- serve corps of abuses to supply the deful perseverance of the labourer-just fect of his argument. However, I was as much as the yielding of the tree to patient-relying upon those weapons the repeated strokes of the axe. But that are mighty through God and prohappy transitions of this nature I value vided him with such tracts as I thought by the relative magnitude of the former profitable. He read them with appahostile position.
rently little benefit. But lately I gave The individual I, in the present in- him the Hebrew translation of the ex. stance, particularly allude to, was one cellent little work : " Philosophy of the of the most bigoted Jews, and pos- Plan of Salvation," which, I am thanksessed, at the same time, of all the cha- ful to say, has wrought a wonderful racteristics of the acute and subtle rab. change in his mind. He read it several binist. It was always with a mixed times, and seemed satisfied with its able unwinding of the mystery of the cross, which is both “the power of God and wisdom of God." His mind has, since then, assumed a calm and reasonable tone, and is remarkably savoured by a reverence for the Gospel.
My recent intercourse with him was particularly interesting. He repeatedly observed that he believed in the di. vine mission of Jesus, but still regretted not to be able as yet to reconcile the present Christianity, with the teaching of the Gospel, meaning the abrogation of the Jewish rites and ceremoniesmaintaining that the Apostle's teaching, on that head, had respect only to Gentile converts. “Grant me this point," he said, " and I will, publicly, embrace Jesus as the Messiah who was predicted by Moses and the prophets." But what proves more the progress truth has made within him, is the remarkable fact that he requested me, the
other day, to pray to the Lord Jesus to restore his sick child to health.
Spiritual light, like natural, does not, usually, break in upon us of a sudden, but by gradual progression ; let us hope that He who has silenced this opponent is able and willing to make of him also a child of grace in believing.
The Jewish festivals of this month have afforded me valuable opportunities of preaching Christ to great numbers. On one occasion there were not less than fourteen Jews in the room. On the day of Atonement, which was on the 8th inst., I had in my house several Jews, with whom I usefully spent a part of the day-Christ and Him crucified having been our topic. Upon leaving, they assured me they were far more benefited by the conversations than by attendance in the synagogue.
ORAN. After mentioning some of the difficulties connected with the renewal of his mission, Mr. BEN OLIEL proceeds thus :
Plan of Operations.-When I visited As the laws forbid the sale and distribu. Oran in 1849 and 1851, it was only for a tion of Scriptures and tracts, even the few weeks. Consequently, the object I giving away of a single tract or a copy proposed to myself, was to try to come of the Bible, without a license from the in contact with as many
competent authorities; and as the French as I possibly could, that I might deliver pastors here assure me that any applito them the message of glad tidings- cation for such a license for myself would the Gospel message of mercy and love- be fruitless, it will be necessary, indeed, the message of a tree and full salvation, indispensable, to employ some young through our Lord Jesus Christ. Tracts inquirer as colporteur and tract distriwere distrihuted plentifully, and the butor. This will, of course, involve adHoly Scriptures offered at moderate ditional expense; but I trust that the prices to all who were desirous to pos- friends of the Mission will readily and sess the oracles of truth. No little ex- liberally contribute the necessary funds citement was created. Hundreds flocked for this important branch of the work. around me in the streets, and my lodg. Auspicious Commencement of the Work. ings were constantly crowded with -Since my arrival, I have been occupied visitors. The Rabbi's son challenged to in renewing the acquaintances of former discuss with me the points at issue be- days. In this I have made considerable fore their followers, and many public progress, particularly during the late discussions were held. Now, however, Jewish festivals. I find a large number that I am come to settle in the place, of Jews who have lately emigrated from both experience and prudence dictaté the ports of Morocco, most of them perto me a different course of proceeding. sonal acquaintances, and not a few perKnowing how easily the Jewish com- sons that, during my former labours in munity might be excited, and that, under Northern Africa, I had reason to regard the present political regime, the manifes. as serious inquirers into the truths of tation of such excitement will probably our holy faith. There is, besides, a prove prejudicial to the establishment of small circle, consisting of three families, a permanent mission, it appears to me by whom I was most heartily welcomed most desirable to begin and proceed as on the very day of our arrival, to whose quietly as practicable; to avoid, rather homes I have free and frequent access, than court, public discussions, and to and who listen attentively to what I attract as little public notice as possible. have to say of Jesus and His lore. I
of my brethren