This week in Christian history: AME founder born, Dead Sea Scrolls

A worker of the IAA, Israel Antiquities Authority, points at a fragment of the Dead Sea Scrolls in a laboratory in Jerusalem, Oct. 19, 2010. |

Throughout the extensive history of the Church, there have been numerous events of lasting significance.

Each week brings anniversaries of impressive milestones, unforgettable tragedies, amazing triumphs, memorable births, notable deaths and everything in between.

Some of the events drawn from over 2,000 years of history might be familiar, while other happenings might be previously unknown by most people.

The following pages highlight anniversaries of memorable events that happened this week — Feb. 13 to Feb. 19 — in Christian history. They include the birth of the founder of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, the death of the man who wrote Ben-Hur, and the first American scholar to view the Dead Sea Scrolls.

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