Henry Samuel Joseph 1801-1864
Joseph was a reader at the synagogue in Bedford and acting rabbi. It was there that he first heard the Gospel. In 1829 he resigned his office and went to Norwich. In 1830 he wrote his apologetic “Reasons for Renouncing Judaism and Embracing Christianity”, Norwich.
He studied theology and was ordained in 1836 as minister of St. Simon’s Chapel in Liverpool. There he established a Hebrew service. Bernstein notes that on the day he was ordained in Liverpool, Theodor Bernstein, Joshua GEroge Lazarus with his wife and three children, also were baptised.
In 1837 Joseph joined the LJS, and received a grant from them with which to open a home for enquirers. From 1847 to 1856 he acted as chaplain to Chester Castle.
Reasons for Renouncing Judaism, and Embracing Christianity; being an address to the Children of the House of Israel, by Henry Samuel Joseph, formerly reader and rabbi of the synagogue at Bedford, now teacher of the Hebrew language. Norwich, 1830.
Memoirs of Convicted Prisoners. Chester, 1853.
Bernstein, A. Jewish Witnesses for Christ. 1909.
De le Roi, Juden-Mission, 2d ed., ii. 71;
F. Boase, Modern English Biography, s.v.J. G. L.