Voices of the Turtledoves: The Sacred World of Ephrata (Pennsylvania German History and Culture)

Voices of the Turtledoves: The Sacred World of Ephrata (Pennsylvania German History and Culture)

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Voices of the Turtledoves: The Sacred World of Ephrata (Pennsylvania German History and Culture) by Jeff Bach, Pennsylvania German Society

Winner, 2004 Dale W. Brown Book Award for Outstanding Scholarship in Anabaptist and Pietist Studies

Winner, 2005 Outstanding Publication, Communal Studies Association

Co-published with the Pennsylvania German Society/Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht

The Ephrata Cloister was a community of radical Pietists founded by Georg Conrad Beissel (1691–1768), a charismatic mystic who had been a journeyman baker in Europe. In 1720 he and a few companions sought a new life in William Penn’s land of religious freedom, eventually settling on the banks of the Cocalico Creek in what is now Lancaster County. They called their community “Ephrata,” after the Hebrew name for the area around Bethlehem. Voices of the Turtledoves is a fascinating look at the sacred world that flourished at Ephrata.

In Voices of the Turtledoves, Jeff Bach is the first to draw extensively on Ephrata’s manuscript resources and on recent archaeological investigations to present an overarching look at the community. He concludes that the key to understanding all the various aspects of life at Ephrata—its architecture, manuscript art, and social organization—is the religious thought of Beissel and his co-leaders.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780271022505
Publisher: Penn State University Press
Publication date: 05/28/2003
Series: Pennsylvania German History and Culture
Pages: 282
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)

About the Author

Jeff Bach is Associate Professor of Brethren and Historical Studies at Bethany Theological Seminary. During the summer of 1995, he served as Scholar in Residence at the Ephrata Cloister.

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