Article on All Saints’ Anglican Cathedral in Cairo

Back in 2015 an article of mine on All Saints’ Anglican Cathedral in Cairo was published in Anglican and Episcopal History (Vol 84:1). I thought that with the rising interest of Christianity in the Middle East I should share it here.

The article begins with the note that in 1839 the Egyptian leader Muhammad Ali made a gift of land to the local Anglicans for the construction of a church. Also, the beginning of Anglican mission there was through the Church Mission Society (CMS) and the London Jews Society (today known as the Church’s Ministry among Jewish People) as far back as the early 1800s.

Click here to read the whole article.

An Obscure Document: Facts and Needs: Palestine Church Council

Sometimes you happen across a very rare document and are able to scan it (though the quality is not great, sorry) and share it with the world.

Here, for scholars Protestant mission in the Holy Land, is the rare Facts and Needs: Palestine Church Council (1925). It contains a summary of the CMS-PNCC ministries in the region. It is a treasure trove.


Corrections to ‘The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to the Anglican Communion’

I noted that The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to the Anglican Communion, edited by Ian S. Markham, J. Barney Hawkins, IV, Justyn Terry, and Leslie Nuñez Steffensen contains two minor factual errors.

Page 274 says that Bishop Michael Solomon Alexander arrived in 1841 to Palestine. He was consecrated bishop that year (in Canterbury Chapel, as I recall), but did not arrive in Palestine until the following year.

Also, page 275 says that George Francis Popham Blyth (fourth bishop of the diocese, and first Englishman to hold the office) was a convert from Judaism. Solomon was the convert from (Rabbinic) Judaism. Blyth was from an Anglican family and had as an ancestor (I think) a former Archbishop of Canterbury.

Perhaps if this book is published in another edition these corrections can be incorporated.