On This Day In Messianic Jewish History

8 May 1799 Baptism of Joseph Frey, founder of London Society for Promoting Christianity amongst the Jews #otdimjh

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Joseph Samuel Christian Frederick Frey (born Joseph Levi) (1771–1850) was a missionary to the Jewish people. In 1809 he founded the London Society for promoting Christianity amongst the Jews after disagreements with the London Missionary Society.


In 1813 he founded the Beni Abraham, a congregation of Jewish believers in Yeshua that met in the East End of London.

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In 1820 Frey founded the American Society for Meliorating the Condition of the Jews. A colourful and larger than life character, he was a speaker, organizer, apologist, fundraiser, and controversial character, both to his friends and his enemies. We have already looked at his influence and the agencies he formed. Here we remember his baptism by sprinkling in 1799. He would later be baptized by immersion in the USA on August 28, 1827.

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Frey’s writings…

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