On This Day In Messianic Jewish History

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“Peace over Israel! Our dear pastor and friend, the Hebrew writer, Rabbi Chajim Jedidjah (Christian Theophilus) Pollak, surnamed Lucky, died Nov. 25th, 1916, just at the close of the earthly Sabbath. His name was filled with care. He was a member of the original, apostolic church of Jerusalem, zealous for the law of the fathers and witness of Jeschua in Israel. ‘There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God.’”

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So wrote Lutheran Pastor August Wiegand, Lucky’s friend and collaborator, in his obituary of a complex and multifaceted Jewish believer in Jesus, with as many names as aspects to his life, ministry and identity: : “Chajim Jedidjah (Christian Theophilus) Pollak called Lucky”

Bernstein summarises:

Lucky, Rev. C. Theophilus, a native of Tisminitz, in Galicia, and a most remarkable convert to Christianity in the nineteenth century. He was known not only as a great Hebrew scholar, writing Hebrew in classical style as…

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