Christfels (or Christfeld), Philip Ernst
Christfels (or Christfeld), Philip Ernst (originally Mordecai), a German convert from Judaism, was born at Uhlfeld-on-the-Aich in 1673. July 11, 1701, he openly professed Christianity at Wilhelmsdbrff, im Hohenlohe. Being a learned Hebrew scholar, he was offered a professorship at Leipsic, which he, however, refused, preferring the office of chamberlain given to him byi his sponsors, the count and countess of Hohenlohe. He wrote, Gespraich im Reiche der Todten uber die Bibel und Talmud- (Schwabach, 1737): — Judische- Fechtschule (ibid. 1760). See Furst, Bibl. Jud. 1:177; Wolf; Bibl. Hebr.
3:4, no. 1830b; Jocher, Allgemeines Gelehrten-Lexikon, s.v.; Kalkar, Israel u. die Kirche, page 105; Delitzsch, Saact auf Hoffnung, 4:191 sq. (B.P.)