MembersJerusalem’s Christian ‘Oracle’

Conrad Schick, a 19th century German missionary, scholar and architect, has been described as a kind of “oracle” in Jerusalem.

By Ryan Jones |
HOME IS WHERE THE HEART IS: Schick’s house on Prophets Street Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Anyone desiring to truly understand the city’s history, and possibly its future, simply had to visit and learn from Schick. It is difficult to understate the man’s importance to and impact on Jerusalem, even if one has never before heard the name.


“Still today, we are finding that supposedly new archeological discoveries in Jerusalem had already been discovered and written about by Schick,” reported Dr. Shimon Gibson, a British-born archaeologist who is Senior Associate Fellow at the W. F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research and adjunct Professor of Archaeology at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.


And yet, many a Christian Zionist have indeed never heard the name Conrad Schick. So it is instructive to go back to the beginning.


Schick was sent to the Holy Land in 1846 as a missionary with the Reformed St. Chrischona Pilgrim Mission as part of a “quiet mission” that required himself and another German missionary to...

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