17 Janaury 1789 Birth of Neander (David Mendel) #otdimjh

On This Day In Messianic Jewish History

Johann August Wilhelm Neander (January 17, 1789 – July 14, 1850), was a German theologiaan and church historian.

Bernstein refers to Neander 28 times, in Some Jewish Witnesses for Christ, and gives a fuller report below of this great man’s extensive thought and career:

Johann August Wilhelm Neander belonged to a Jewish family and originally bore the name of David Mendel. He changed his name to Neander when he became a believer in Yeshua in 1806. A German Lutheran, he studied with F D. Schleiermacher (1768-1834) in Berlin, but soon switched his interest from speculative theology to church history.


After a year of teaching in Heidelberg (1812), he returned to Berlin as professor of ecclesiastical history (1813). Here he attracted many students not only by the quality of his scholarship but also by the spirit of piety he brought to his work and the interest he showed in the personal aspects of history. From…

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