On February 10th, 1840, Christ Church, Jerusalem was commenced on the old foundation of a high wall built on the solid rock of Zion, and by the end of March the building was raised to the first story. Shortly afterward, the work was interrupted by the death of Mr. Hillier…. Find out what happened next by clicking here

On February 10th 1840, Nicholayson and Hillier lay the Foundations of Christ Church, Jerusalem.

Gidney reports:

According to the Rev. W. R. Fremantle, subsequently the revered Dean of Ripon, who visited Jerusalem at this time, there were about 12,000 Jews in Palestine, of whom 5,000 were in the Holy City. He spoke very highly of the labours of Nicolayson, and his four Hebrew Christian fellow-workers.

On February 10th, 1840, the church was commenced on the old foundation of a high wall built on the solid rock of Zion, and by the end of March the building was raised to the first story. Shortly afterward, the work was interrupted by the death of Mr. Hillier, the surveyor and architect, who had recently been sent from London to conduct the building operations: whilst hostilities between the European Powers and the Viceroy of Egypt compelled the British Consul, and almost all the mission staff, to quit Jerusalem on September 8th, Nicolayson and his family only remaining.

Progress was now stopped for a time.

To find out what happened, read Richard Harvey’s full post on his website Messianic Jewish History where you will find other fascinating posts relating to CMJ and to the wider Messianic Movement.

Author and teacher, Richard Harvey, will be one of the Seminar speakers at this year’s conference. Throughout the year we will be featuring some of Richard’s CMJ-related posts from his Messianic Jewish History website, as we find his detailed research to be both fascinating and insightful.

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