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LONDON SOCIETY FOR THE CONVERSION OF THE JEWS. The following extract from the commu- this place, and he had not been able to nication of Professor Tholuck will be find any master in Posen: this appears read with interest. It is part of a letter to have produced a salutary impression of a Mr. Hændes.
upon his mind, and he seemed willing “I entered the inn at and found to give himself up soul and body to God. the landlady with a private Jewish I preached for the pastor, on the appearteacher. The woman did not appear ing of the Lord for judgment. The willing to hear what I had to say, but grace of God gave me unusual power, the teacher conversed with me in a very so that the word become a two-edged friendly manner. We were upon the sword, as I represented to them that point of setting off, when the landlord the appearance of the Lord would be appeared : he had previously spoken as the lightning, revealing the hidden with me.
He was very glad to see us, secrets of their hearts. While I was and immediately began to ask us ques- praying, tears fell from the eyes of tions. The doctrine of the Divinity of many. I learnt that there were two Christ gave him most difficulty ; he Jews among the hearers, who had lissaid, “ How can a man be God?” I tened with much attention. We had answered, “Is it proper for you to call much earnest conversation with the the mercy-seat God, because God was above-mentioned landlord ; having enthroned upon it ? Christians no more observed that many Christians were call the humanity of Christ God, than well acquainted with the truths of you so call the mercy-seat; the God- the Gospel, but that there was head was enthroned in the humanity of great difference between knowledge Christ.” This appeared to him satis- and practice, and that he ought not factory, and he seemed willing to re- therefore to wonder when he saw so ceive the doctrine.
much want of conformity between their 'A young Israelite came to see conduct and ther principles, he related us, who was warm in his first love to us, after the manner of the Rabbins, towards his Saviour. He came secretly, the following parable :-“ Among us from fear of his parents, and in- Jews the same thing takes place, and I formed us that through Christian friends will relate to you a parable on the subin that place, he had first become ac- ject. quainted with the truth of the Gospel ;
«« There was a rich but very ignorant and that afterwards a young private man, who, notwithstanding his ignoteacher had instructed him further, and rance, was able to understand what the that he was now ready to forsake every passage meant, “Thou shalt love the thing for the sake of the Gospel, cost Lord with all thy heart, and thy neighwhat it might. He did not appear to bour as thyself.' This man gave his have any deep conviction of sin, but he only daughter to a poor Boocher (studwas very simple and child-like; and he ent of the Talmud). This young man had been brought, by the goodness of received from his father-in-law food, the Saviour, to feel his heart warmed a warm chamber, and a salary; and the with love towards him.
old man deprived himself of many things A poor woman came from the coun- for the sake of his son-in-law, who sat try, and begged us to give her a Bible; the whole day, learning one page of the I produced a copy at fourteen groshens. Gemara after another, and thought himAs I mentioned the price, she wept, and self far superior to his father-in-law. said, that she had only eight groshens, One day, as the old man, after much which she had received froin the sale of fatigue, sat down to warm himself, he her potatoes in the market, and that she sank suddenly into a soft sleep upon was willing to take this sum from the the ground. His spirit took its flight support of her family, that she might to heaven, and heard some one call, give to her children the word of God. *Make way for him, he has half the Her joy was therefore great, when I Torah,' (he has studied half of the five allowed her to take the Bible for four books of Moses). His own spirit angroshens.
swered with great surprise, “What is The worthy private teacher, who this? I am only a poor ignorant man;' instructed the young Israelite mentioned but he heard the second time, as he above, gave us the history of the com- ascended higher, Make way, make mencement and progress of this conver- way, he has half shas,' (he has studied sion. The proselyte - passed through half of the Talmud). And his own
spirit in reply cried with a loud voice, learning made one false step; to whom No, no, I am a poor foolish' man. Hé much is given, from him shall much be then found himself brought suddenly required. Thou art guilty of the whole before the throne on high, and he cried law.' out, ' Oh, how can be worthy of this? This good old man so loved the The angels responded, 'Give room, give word of God, that he could not tear room, he has whole shas,' (he has studied himself
He had come to the whole Talmud). The judge then the city on account of a fair, but he paid spake from his throne, "Thou hast ful- no attention to his business, in order filled the commandment, Thou shalt that he might be able to converse with love the Lord with all thy heart, and thy neighbour as thyself: and therefore « The Jews of did not come to thou hast fulfilled the whole law.' Not us, for the Rabbi had expressly forbidlong after, the learned son-in-law died den it, under pain of excommunication. also; the angels took his soul, and cried Eight foreign Jews came, one of whom
Room, he has half shas,' (he has stud- had laboured in Amsterdam, and reied half of the Talmud). The soul lated that several Christians there had answered, “What! I have half shas? I become Jews. I showed him that the have studied the whole of the Talmud.' outward Christian and the outward Jew He was carried farther, and they cried, were exactly in the same state. With • Make place, he has half Torah,' (he God, all depends upon the new birth has studied half of the Pentateuch). He of the heart. He thereupon desired to was at last laid down at the feet of his know accurately what this new birth father-in-law, and from thence he cried I explained it to him, and conout, “ What, I half Torah? I have Torah cluded with an earnest address, in which kulle,' (the whole of Moses). The I said to him, that if he remained in his judge said, “Thy father-in-law 'devoted present state, he must be lost. This himself for you, and now you must re- alarmed him exceedingly, but he ensign your knowledge to him, and he deavoured to conceal his anxiety, by receive the benefit thereof.' The soul relating that he had formerly spoken cried out, “That is a most unrighteous with two Christian students, who told judgment! As I have studied the whole him that there was no hell ; and that law, if he is to share my learning with hell only meant remorse of conscience. me, he must also take part of my guilt. I replied, that remorse was a proof of The judge answered, “ You are indebted the certainty of the existence of eternal for your learning to his affection, but as flames; for if there was no hell, there to your works, you bear the guilt your- would be no anxiety about it. Brother self. You have once in your life taught Ball continued the conversation with that to be allowed, which I had forbid- him. These Jews left us with evident den; You have therefore with your anxiety about the way of salvation.'
ROMISH INTOLERANCE. The King of Sardinia has issued an he has further decreed, that the funeral ordinance, prohibiting the Protestants procession shall not be attended by more dying in his dominions from being in- than twelve persons professing the proterred with any public ceremony; and testant religion.
Notices and Acknowledgments. Perhaps OBSERVATOR might be able to obtain the aid of a few friends, hire a room, and begin in a small way, and thus gradually advance to more extended usefulness than he can now venture to hope. It is from such feeble commencements, attempted with a single eye to the glory of God, and accompanied with fervent prayer for a divine blessing, that many valuable institutions have arisen. Put not your trust in princes, nor in any child of man, for there is no help in them,
Received-H. M.-A PROTESTANT.-M. A. B.-T. H.--and A CONSTANT READER.
We have not observed the prevalence of any such practice as M. N. O.censures. Can he tell us where it actually exists? A solitary instance is perhaps scarcely worthy of public reprehension.
Perhaps An old Protestunt of the Church of England would more effectually promote the object he has in view, were he to forward a paper containing the main points of his argument, but with such modifications as his good sense will suggest, to some periodical circulating more generally among that larger class of persons to whom he refers.
TO BIOGRAPHY, RELIGIOUS COMMUNICATIONS, &c. &c.
Rev. P. Roe's 88
verted Jews at
1, 41, 81, 121
Bale, Memoir of......
On the irreligious state of 61
Popish Hostility to the.. 264
338 M'Connell's Sermon on the Duke of
York, Review of......
M'Donnel's Consecration Sermon,
Maitland on Prophecy. Review of.... 67
452 Mandell's Sermon on the Duke of
York, Review of... ....... 145
Manners, on prevailing corruption of 477
Marriage of Protestant Ministers... 119
Compendious Introd. ditto.. 105 Meditation on a Child's Death... 215
264 Memoirs of Reformers 1,41,81, 121, 161,
201, 241, 281, 321, 361, 401, 441
Mortimer's Sermon on the Duke of
273, 314, 501 Notices and Acknowledgments 40, 80, 120,
160, 280, 320, 360, 400, 440, 512
Obituary of John Leachman...'....
Ostervald's Bible. Collations of.... 66
Pelican Isle, Review of Montgomery's 487
14, 52, 91
Pope Leo XII. Proclamation of 316
Popish Hostility to the Bible.. 264
Poynder, J. Esq. Speech of, Review
359, 329 Prayer Book and Homily Society 317, 434
Protestants, treatment of, on the Con-
73, 119, 512
Providence, on Trust in
Proclamation of Pope Leo XII.... 316
Rev. W. Romaine 248 Quarterly Review and Bible Society 501
J. Thornton, Esq... 297
110 On seeing the Portrait of Rev.
Patience in Affliction. Isaiah xxx.
Wilson's Sermon on Duke of York 145
161, 201, 241, 281, 321, 361, 401, 441
Salm Salm, Conversion of Prince 73
228, 314, 433, 501
235, 354, 433
Promoting Christian Knowledge.. 508
in Silesia ..