Ernest Julius Turckheim 1849-1907
Turckheim, an English Jew, was a teacher at a Jewish school at West Hartlepool. The parents were so well pleased with him that they asked him to become their minister, or spiritual leader. In order to satisfactorily fulfil this role, Ernest began to study the Bible (the Old Testament) seriously. During this time he came in contact with a Jewish believer, who gave him the New Testament to read. He came to faith through his studies of the Bible.
In 1893 he testified as follows:
“A Jew by birth, a Jew aby training and practice till I was twenty-four years old; a Jew still by every felling of national loyalty and sympathy, I thank god that I can say, nevertheless I am also a Christian…. It is due to the grace of God, it is due to the power of His Word, which is the power of God unto salvation, unto every one that believeth, to the Jew first.
It is twenty years since I ventuured my eternal welfare with Jesus of Nazareth. After twenty years of mature deliberation and trial, I once more ake my sand beside the Ethiopian eunuch, and declare today, with my heart full of thankful gladness and humble faith, “I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.” Twenty years, we mus observe, is a period wherein a man can make a test of a step that he has taken, and I never, never, for one moment, have wavered in my conviction that ‘there is none other name under heaven given among men whereby we must be saved,’ than the name of Jesus Christ.”
Bernstein, A. Jewish Witnesses for Christ. Keren Ahvah Meschichit, new edition 1999