On This Day In Messianic Jewish History

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Alexander Vladimirovich Men (22 January 1935 – 9 September 1990) was a Russian Orthodox priest, theologian, Biblical scholar and writer.

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He wrote many books (including his magnum opus, History of Religion: In Search of the Way, the Truth and the Life, the seventh volume of which, Son of Man, served as the introduction to Christianity for thousands of citizens in the Soviet Union); baptized hundreds if not thousands; founded an Orthodox Open University; opened one of the first Sunday Schools in Russia as well as a charity group at the Russian Children’s Hospital. His influence is still widely felt and his legacy continues to grow among Christians both in Russia and abroad. He was murdered early on Sunday morning, 9 September 1990, by an ax-wielding assailant just outside his home of Semkhoz, Russia.

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Judith Kornblatt, author of Doubly Chosen: Jewish Identity, the Soviet Intelligentsia, and the Russian Orthodox…

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