A Residence at Constantinople in the Year 1827; With Notes to the Present Time

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General Books LLC, 2009 - 192 pages
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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1830. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... islands under the protection of the British government there are now estimated to be 7000. At Thebes and Livadia there were in each, twenty houses of Jews, at Janina three hundred, a few also at Larissa and perhaps in other cities of Albania and Thessaly. Some doubtless are still to be found in the north of Greece. The events of the revolution have tended greatly to increase the animosity subsisting between them and the Greeks. In return for the indignities committed on the person of their Patriarch, the latter have embraced every opportunity of taking vengeance. Still it is probable that when peace shall be restored and commerce shall revive, greater liberality will prevail, and the Jews again resort to Athens and Corinth and the regions of Achaia. Should this take place, they would then be most favorably situated for the success of missionary efforts. CHAPTER XXIV. JEWS OF EUROPEAN TURKEY. Thessalonica--Jewish Mahometans--Great excitement among the Constantinople Jews--Baptism of three hopeful converts-- Their imprisonment--Efforts for their release--Apostacy of one of their number--Domestic government of the Jews and other Rayahs--Jewish teacher--Condition of the Jews in Constantinople--Visit to Jewish villages--A betrothal--.Lengthened imprisonment of converts--Jewish Spanish language--Sundry individuals--A Jewish cemetery--Release of imprisoned converts. 1829.--Salonica, the Thessalonica of the New Testament, is an important city in the modern history of modern Judaism. For a particular account of the Jews in this place, we are indebted to Benjamin Barker, Esq., Agent of the British and Foreign Bible Society at Smyrna. After estimating their numbers at 25 or 30,000, he proceeds to remark. " The Jews here have one Chief Rabbi with a considerable number of ot...

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