Andreas Ehrenpreis and Hutterite Faith and Practice

Andreas Ehrenpreis and Hutterite Faith and Practice


Wes Harison

Readers interested in the development of Radical Reforming groups, in the history of communal Christian groups, and especially in the history and development of the Hutterian Brethren, will want to read this detailed and well-crafted book.
The Hutterian Brethren, or Hutterites, had been practicing community of goods for more than a century when Andreas Ehrenpreis was elected bishop of the brotherhood in 1639. He was to occupy that office until his death in 1662, some 23 fateful years. In the face of severe crises, which included war, increased persecution, and the complete expulsion of the Hutterites from their former homes in Moravia, Ehrenpreis initiated a remarkable revival and reformulation of Hutterian faith and practice. Andreas Ehrenpreis' reforms left a lasting imprint on the Hutterites, leading the historian Robert Friedmann to call Ehrenpreis the "second founder" of the Hutterian Brethren.

ISBN: 0-9698762-6-2

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