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Hutterite beginnings - Werner O Packull

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Title
Hutterite beginnings - communitarian experiments during the Reformation
Author
Werner O Packull
format
Paperback / softback
Publisher
Johns Hopkins University Press
Language
English
UK Publication Date
19990930

The oldest and largest communal society in North America, the Hutterites-Anabaptists of German origin, like the Amish, Mennonites, and Brethren-have long been the subject of scholarly study and popular curiosity. Werner Packull tells the comprehensive story of the Hutterite beginnings in their original homelands-particularly in Tyrol and Moravia-and discovers important relationships among early Anabaptist sects.

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Werner O. Packull is a professor of history at Conrad Grebel College, University of Waterloo, Ontario. He is the author of Rereading Anabaptist Beginnings and Mysticism and the Early South German-Austrian Anabaptist Movement, 1525-1531.

The publication of this volume is cause for celebration! The years of painstaking research in untold towns, cities, and libraries in Europe, as well as in North America, the empathy the author brought to the subject... the skill evident in translating, especially technical terms, and the firm grasp of both minute details and their implications, as well as the overall story, have raised the level of historical scholarship to a new high.


Church History - Cornelius J. Dyck

Werner Packull is one of the most careful, balanced and thorough historians that Anabaptist studies has produced... and now achieves a new high point with his Hutterite Beginnings.


Religious Studies Review - A. James Reimer

This remarkable history of early Swiss and Upper German Anabaptism sets a new norm for scholarship, combining as it does for the first time in such depth the methodologies of social history and the history of ideas. Werner O. Packull seems to have left no stone unturned... A fascinating, intricate story.


Mennonite Quarterly Review - Leonard Gross

Johns Hopkins University Press is to be congratulated for publishing this volume and thus broadening its growing list of significant works on the Amish and Hutterite branches of the Anabaptist family... The scholarly apparatus is excellent, with a comprehensive bibliography of research on Anabaptism, extensive notes, and some very useful appendices. Packull's book will be an indispensable tool and resource for all who describe and interpret these traditions from religious and social perspectives.


Conrad Grebel Review - Walter Klaassen

The publication of this volume is cause for celebration! The years of painstaking research in untold towns, cities, and libraries in Europe, as well as in North America, the empathy the author brought to the subject... the skill evident in translating, especially technical terms, and the firm grasp of both minute details and their implications, as well as the overall story, have raised the level of historical scholarship to a new high.


Church History - Cornelius J. Dyck

Extensive quotations from the Hutterite Chronicle, the prison letters, and other witness accounts give immediacy to Packull's narrative and provide English readers with a window on primary sources that remain largely untranslated... With its wealth of evocative source material, it is a highly readable account that will appeal not only to specialists but also to undergraduates and general readers.


American Historical Review - Erika Rummel

Packull is to be lauded for doing the research so thoroughly and presenting the results so lucidly. His is a meticulous and masterful piece of scholarship in a neglected area of ecclesiastical history.


Bibliotheque d'Humanisme et Renaissance

Type
BOOK
Keyword Index
Anabaptists - History.
Country of Publication
Maryland
Number of Pages
488

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