Concise Encyclopedia of Amish, Brethren, Hutterites, and Mennonites

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 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.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 328 pages
  • 185.42 x 254 x 30.48mm | 771.1g
  • JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY PRESS
  • Baltimore, MD, United States
  • English
  • 12, 12 black & white line drawings
  • 0801896576
  • 9780801896576
  • 619,938

Review quote

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. Lancaster Sunday News 2010 Any spirituality collection and many a general lending library will find this a key reference for any interested in Anabaptist groups. Midwest Book Review 2011 Well written and concise... Kraybill's book is current and compact which provides a helpful and easily accessible resource in one volume. -- Conrad Stoesz Mennonite Historian 2011 This encyclopedia should be in every library that includes Mennonite materials or that has a general religion collection. Outstanding bibliography. Essential. Choice 2011 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 Mennonite Brethren Herald 2011show more

About Donald B. Kraybill

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.show more