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Was Jesus of Nazareth The Messiah?
Debate Between Robert Roberts,
Editor of the "Christadelphian"
and Mr. Louis Stern, An Orthodox Jew

Oct. 17th, 18th, 19th, 1871

Stern Debate: Was Jesus of Nazareth the Messiah?


THE following Discussion is published jointly by the disputants, who have revised their speeches as furnished from a shorthand writer's notes.

It originated as follows: On Monday, September l8th, 1871, Mr. Segfried Gratz, a Jew, having embraced the Christadelphian faith, lectured in the Temperance Hall, Birmingham, "on the promises of God, considered from a new and purely Israelitish point of view." The Jews of Birmingham, who were specially invited, attended in moderate numbers, and, at the close of the lecture, one of their number, Mr. Joel Monaet, of Birmingham, challenged Mr. Gratz to public controversy. The challenge was accepted, and a single night's debate (Tuesday, October 3rd) before a crowded house, was the result. At this debate, Mr. Roberts, with the consent of both parties, occupied the chair; and, at the close of the meeting, he expressed his regret that his position precluded him from speaking on the subject. This drew from Mr. Stern, who was present, a proposal for discussion, which resulted in the three nights' discussion herein reported.


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