By Yaron Perry
Yaron Perry's account unearths, with no bias or partiality, the tale of the "London Society for selling Christianity among the Jews" and its certain contribution to the recovery of the Holy Land. This Protestant association have been the 1st to take root within the Holy Land from 1820 onwards.
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He assumed that he could obtain the necessary permits for the church from the Egyptian government, which then ruled over Palestine, and suggested that the best way to ensure this would be for the Foreign Office in London to send instructions to the British consul BRITISH MISSION TO THE JEWS 33 2. 62 Having adopted Nicolayson’s proposals, the president of the London Society requested the help of the Foreign Minister, Lord Palmerston. The latter ordered the British consul in Alexandria to request the permit from the Pasha of Egypt for the construction of a Protestant church and additional buildings for the missionaries in Jerusalem.
To accomplish this task, the society dispatched Samuel Farman (1808– 78), a young and inexperienced missionary, to join Nicolayson in September 1829 in order to complete his education in missionary work and improve his command of Eastern languages. In July 1831 Farman left Nicolayson and set out on a comprehensive tour of Palestine, staying for about a month and a half in Safed. He used his time there to establish contacts with the Jewish community and tour the surrounding area. Among other places, he visited Acre, where he became aware of the winds of war that were beginning to blow throughout the country and of BRITISH MISSION TO THE JEWS 25 the views of the public regarding the situation.
The task was given to Dr George Edward Dalton (d. 1826), a doctor by profession and a native of Wexford in Ireland. 22 1809–1841 He was sent to enhance the work of the mission by making the London Society a pioneer in the field of medical missions in Palestine. 31 In April, Dalton continued on his own to Jerusalem, where he met his colleague, Lewis. 32 During the disturbances the Jewish community and the group of foreigners in the city suffered casualties. The two missionaries took part in calming the situation.
British Mission to the Jews in Nineteenth-century Palestine by Yaron Perry