Ca. 1842. Lithograph portrait of Michael Solomon Alexander, the first Anglican bishop of the oldest Protestant church in the Middle East, and a converted rabbi. Alexander had worked for the London Jews' Society (also known as the London Society for Promoting Christianity Amongst the Jews) which supported the creation of his post, the Anglican bishop of Jerusalem, and the establishment of Christ Church Jerusalem.
The Society for Promoting Christianity Amongst the Jews was founded in 1809, and its goals included declaring the messiah-ship of Jesus to Jews and non-Jews, teaching the church about its Jewish roots, and encouraging the restoration of the Jews to the land of Israel. Bishop Alexander was consecrated by the Archbishop of Canterbury, and his see included what at the time was Palestine, Syria, Chaldea, Egypt and Abyssinia; it was a joint effort with the united Evangelical Church in Prussia. The organization is one of the eleven official mission agencies of the Church of England and is now known as The Church's Ministry Among Jewish People or CMJ. CMJ supported the re-establishment of the state of Israel in 1948, and it supports the position that the Jewish people deserve a state in the Holy Land.
Half length lithograph portrait. A bit of faint foxing at top margin, not affecting the image. 8 1/4 x 10 3/4", 10 1/4 x 12 1/2" paper. Very good overall. Item #21392