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Concise Encyclopedia of Amish, Brethren, Hutterites, and Mennonites

Hardback
, 328 pages

12 line drawings

ISBN:
9780801896576
October 2010
$35.00

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Concise Encyclopedia of Amish, Brethren, Hutterites, and Mennonites

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.

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.

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

"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."

"Any spirituality collection and many a general lending library will find this a key reference for any interested in Anabaptist groups."

"Well written and concise... Kraybill's book is current and compact which provides a helpful and easily accessible resource in one volume."

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

"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."

"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."

"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."

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