Reformed Churchmen

We are Confessional Calvinists and a Prayer Book Church-people. In 2012, we remembered the 350th anniversary of the 1662 Book of Common Prayer; also, we remembered the 450th anniversary of John Jewel's sober, scholarly, and Reformed "An Apology of the Church of England." In 2013, we remembered the publication of the "Heidelberg Catechism" and the influence of Reformed theologians in England, including Heinrich Bullinger's Decades. For 2014: Tyndale's NT translation. For 2015, John Roger, Rowland Taylor and Bishop John Hooper's martyrdom, burned at the stakes. Books of the month. December 2014: Alan Jacob's "Book of Common Prayer" at: January 2015: A.F. Pollard's "Thomas Cranmer and the English Reformation: 1489-1556" at: February 2015: Jaspar Ridley's "Thomas Cranmer" at:

Sunday, December 21, 2014

21 December 1804 A.D. Benjamin Disraeli Born—British Prime Minister, Jewish Born, but Turns Anglican

21 December 1804 A.D.  Benjamin Disraeli Born—British Prime Minister, Jewish Born, but Turns Anglican


Benjamin Disraeli (1804 to 1881)


Christian Prime Minister Was Jewish.

Benjamin Disraeli was born in London. He was never ashamed of his Jewish heritage; both his parents and grandparents were highly respected in their communities. Benjamin was the oldest of four sons, and with his family renounced their Jewish background, joining the Anglican Church. Benjamin, however, did not do well in school, nor in business, and resorted to writing, with a mix of success and failure. When opportunity afforded, he ran for a seat in Parliament, and after four successive failures, was elected. His first speech in Parliament (Dec. 7, 1837) proved a disaster, and he had to shout out his last sentence against the laughter and derision of the assembled politicians: "I will sit down now, but the time will come when you will hear me." This bitter experience moderated his style. Marrying a wealthy widow, 12 years his senior, gave him the position and prestige which heretofore had evaded him. Moreover, his writings became more acceptable (although viewed controversial by those who opposed him). A born-again Jew, he saw very clearly the part Israel would have in fulfilling Bible prophecy and advocated Jewish evangelism, even after he had been elevated to Prime Minister of Great Britain.

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