April 10: Today in Christian History

April 10, 417

Co-emperors Honorius and Theodosius II forbid Jews of the Roman Empire to purchase or receive Christian slaves, although they may retain slaves who were already Christian or who came to them under an inheritance. Any attempt to convert a Christian is made a capital offense. 

April 10, 428

Nestorius is made Patriarch of Constantinople. His attacks on the use of the term “Theotokos” (God-bearer) to describe the Virgin Mary will lead to clashes and get him declared a heretic. He will not deny Jesus’s nature as God, but feels the term challenges the important reality of Christ’s human nature.

April 10, 1868

Listeners who hear the first complete public performance of Brahms’ Requiem in the cathedral of Bremen this Good Friday recognize it as a masterpiece. The master composer has taken his texts from the German Lutheran translation of the Bible and focuses on consoling the living.

April 10, 1952

Watchman Nee is arrested in Shanghai. This Chinese Christian becomes well-known in the West when his many books are published.

April 10, 1997

Death in Seattle of Betty Greene, a Women’s Air Force Service pilot during World War II. She had founded the Christian Airmen’s Missionary Fellowship in 1945, later known as the Missionary Aviation Fellowship. After leaving the airforce, she flew for Wycliffe Bible Translators around the world.

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