Concise Encyclopedia of Amish, Brethren, Hutterites, and Mennonites

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Donald B. Kraybill has spent his career among Anabaptist groups, gaining an unparalleled understanding of these traditionally private people. Kraybill shares that deep knowledge in this succinct overview of the beliefs and cultural practices of Amish, Brethren, Hutterites, and Mennonites in North America.

Found throughout Canada, Central America, Mexico, and the United States, these religious communities include more than 200 different groups with 800,000 members in 17 ...

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Overview

Donald B. Kraybill has spent his career among Anabaptist groups, gaining an unparalleled understanding of these traditionally private people. Kraybill shares that deep knowledge in this succinct overview of the beliefs and cultural practices of Amish, Brethren, Hutterites, and Mennonites in North America.

Found throughout Canada, Central America, Mexico, and the United States, these religious communities include more than 200 different groups with 800,000 members in 17 countries. Through 340 short entries, Kraybill offers readers information on a wide range of topics related to religious views and social practices. With thoughtful consideration of how these diverse communities are related, this compact reference provides a brief and accurate synopsis of these groups in the twenty-first century.

No other single volume provides such a broad overview of Amish, Brethren, Hutterites, and Mennonites in North America. Organized for ease of searching—with a list of entries, a topic finder, an index of names, and ample cross-references—the volume also includes abundant resources for accessing additional information.

Wide in scope, succinct in content, and with directional markers along the way, the Concise Encyclopedia of Amish, Brethren, Hutterites, and Mennonites is a must-have reference for anyone interested in Anabaptist groups.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Editorial Reviews

Lancaster Sunday News
Its 340 amply referenced entries, bibliography and directory of groups will help scholars, students, historians, church leaders—and the just plain curious—to trace the ties that bind these characteristically private communities.
Midwest Book Review
Any spirituality collection and many a general lending library will find this a key reference for any interested in Anabaptist groups.
Mennonite Historian
Well written and concise... Kraybill's book is current and compact which provides a helpful and easily accessible resource in one volume.

— Conrad Stoesz

Choice

This encyclopedia should be in every library that includes Mennonite materials or that has a general religion collection. Outstanding bibliography. Essential.

Mennonite Brethren Herald
A succinct guide for journalists, students, scholars, and others... Kraybill's book is current and compact, providing helpful and easily accessible information in one volume.

— Conrad Stoesz

Reference Reviews
A valuable and up to date window... offers a factual, realistic and thoughtful portrait of communities whose lives and beliefs are as hard-nosed as anyone else's... It holds its own, too, with many online sources that exist.

— Stuart Hannabuss

Mennonite Quarterly Review
Kraybill and his life work bring us great gifts of information on Amish, Brethren, Hutterites, and Mennonites, information both scholarly and popular. The encyclopedia is another of those gifts.

— Theron F. Schlabach

Brethren in Christ Life and Thought
An extraordinarily useful book... a valuable text for anyone interested in the North American, twenty-first century heirs of the sixteenth century Anabaptists.

— Richard Hughes

Brethren in Christ Life and Thought - Richard Hughes
An extraordinarily useful book... a valuable text for anyone interested in the North American, twenty-first century heirs of the sixteenth century Anabaptists.
Mennonite Historian - Conrad Stoesz
A succinct guide for journalists, students, scholars, and others... Kraybill's book is current and compact, providing helpful and easily accessible information in one volume.
Reference Reviews - Stuart Hannabuss
A valuable and up to date window... offers a factual, realistic and thoughtful portrait of communities whose lives and beliefs are as hard-nosed as anyone else's... It holds its own, too, with many online sources that exist.
Mennonite Quarterly Review - Theron F. Schlabach
Kraybill and his life work bring us great gifts of information on Amish, Brethren, Hutterites, and Mennonites, information both scholarly and popular. The encyclopedia is another of those gifts.
Choice
This encyclopedia should be in every library that includes Mennonite materials or that has a general religion collection. Outstanding bibliography. Essential.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801896576
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 10/5/2010
  • Edition description: 20
  • Pages: 328
  • Sales rank: 813,867
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Donald B. Kraybill is a Distinguished College Professor and senior fellow in the Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies at Elizabethtown College, Pennsylvania. Widely recognized for his work on Anabaptist groups, he has authored and edited many books, including The Riddle of Amish Culture and The Amish and the State, both published by Johns Hopkins. Professor Kraybill is the editor of the Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies series, also published by Johns Hopkins.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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  • Posted January 4, 2013

    Compact but excellent

    Even at 300 pages, this is a very concise encyclopedia. Most articles are quite brief. Nevertheless, its coverage is broad and the information is reliable; Kraybill is a leading expert on the subject. Articles range from broad topics, such as Nonconformity and Schools, to specific groups and organizations, such as Beachy Amish Mennonites and the Latin American Anabaptist Seminary. The few articles on people concern historical figures. A Directory of Groups at the end gives basic information about an extensive list of groups from Canada to Central America. There is also a lengthy bibliography for further study. Particularly if you've been soaking in the misinformation on the horrible cable TV shows supposedly about the Amish, turn to this for some solid facts and actual reality.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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