On This Day In Messianic Jewish History

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Bernstein gives only a brief note of Nathan Davis:

Davis, Rev. Nathan, was one of the first missionaries of the Free Church of Scotland. He was sent to Tunis in 1830, where he raised a spirit of enquiry amongst the Jews, and baptized some of them. In 1848 he was transferred to Gibraltar.

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Such a short note for a well-known archaeologist and explorer should not surprise us when we discover that his reputation was damaged by others in the London Society because of differences in strategy. Michael Darby gives details, summarised here and here:

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By his late 20s Davis was working for the London Society for Promoting Christianity Among the Jews (LSPCJ). The association with the Society eventually damaged his reputation, according to Moses Margoliouth. Davis chose to side with Margoliouth and Alexander M’Caul in his approach to missionary work, rather than with the alternative views of Charlotte…

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