Narrative of His Conversion
Ben Shalomoh's "Narrative of His Conversion" was published in the year 1692.
Extract: I, Shalome Ben Shalomoh, was born of Jewish parents, my father’s name Shalomoh, my mother’s Leah, was circumcised the eighth day in Pusnony in Poland, where I lived till I was twelve years of age, at which time it pleased God (who works all things for the good of his Elect) that all our Family (myself alone excepted) died in a great Plague, which had universally spread itself through that Land. Being left thus destitute, I had an inclination to travel, and in my travels, a Boy, who was in the Duke of Brandenburg’s Army, came and said to me, “Why do you not turn a Christian?” “A Christian?” said I. “Why think you I will worship images?” “Do you,” said I, “believe the Bible, the Old Testament, the Books of Moses, the Psalms of David, and the Song of Solomon?” “Yes,” said he, “we have all these.” “Do you,” said I, “worship images?” “We believe,” said he, “no other savior, but Jesus Christ alone.” “Well,” said I, “carry me to a Minister”; who accordingly brought me to the Duke of Brandenburg’s Minister, who opened to me something concerning Jesus Christ, from the five books of Moses, as first, that in Gen. 3:15: And I will put enmity between thee, and the Woman, and between thy Seed, and her Seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel; which appeared to me, when God opened my Eyes (for I could not see it before), a lively Representation of the Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ.
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