Holsinger's History of the Tunkers/Brethren Church by Holsinger, H R

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When first thinking of writing the history of the Brethren Church, in response to the request of many friends, I had in mind simply a narrative of the circumstances which led to the expulsion of the progressive element of the Tunker fraternity, and the reorganization and development of the Brethren Church. After mature consideration, it was found that reference to the Tunkers would of itself create an inquiry in the minds of many readers as to who they were and whence they came.

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When first thinking of writing the history of the Brethren Church, in response to the request of many friends, I had in mind simply a narrative of the circumstances which led to the expulsion of the progressive element of the Tunker fraternity, and the reorganization and development of the Brethren Church. After mature consideration, it was found that reference to the Tunkers would of itself create an inquiry in the minds of many readers as to who they were and whence they came. The more thought given to the subject, the more it appeared like tracing the pedigree of a person or the lineage of a family. After pursuing this course of study, the title was changed to "Holsinger's History of the Tunkers and the Brethren Church." It also became evident that the Tunkers themselves must have had antecedents. That part of the work which is here denominated Prehistoric Period, was found most difficult. Fortunately, however, it is also least important. Doubtful things are always uncertain, and are augmented by antiquity. "There is no past so long as books shall live," and where there are no books, there is a past and a blank.

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Author Holsinger, H R
Publisher Pacific Press Publishing Association
Pages 826
Edition 1st
Binding Hard Back
Condition A-
Dustjacket No
Table of Contents

Introductory — Title Page and Reverse — Preface — Outline of Contents — Glossary — Key to Illustrations — List of Authors Quoted

CHAPTER I.

PREHISTORIC.

Importance of German History — The Waldenses — The Baptists — The Pietists — Futile Efforts at Organization — Kingdom of God — Apostolic Succession

CHAPTER II.

ORGANIZATION IN GERMANY.

First Baptism — The Pious Eight — Early Indications of Progression

CHAPTER III.

SCHWARZENAU, GERMANY.

The Quaint Village — The River Eider — The Bridge — Official Record — House Inscriptions

CHAPTER IV.

MACK'S BOOK TRANSLATED.

Preface — Introduction — Outline History of the Church — Forty Pungent Questions and the Answers

CHAPTER V.

FROM THE CHRONICON EPHRATENSE.

Another Story of the Origin of the Tunkers — Conrad Beisel's View of Piety 1 18-120

CHAPTER VI.

EARLY INTERNAL TROUBLES.

Persecutions — Krefeld — Note — Driven to America

CHAPTER VII.

FIRST WORK IN AMERICA.

First Emigrants from Germany — A Furious Storm at Sea — First Mission in America — A Disappointment that Resulted in Good — Organization in America — Beggarstown — German-
town — Important Ephrata Movement — Snow Hill Nunnery — Early Churches

CHAPTER VIII.
 
German Baptist Congregations 160-206

CHAPTER IX.

DOCTRINAL.

D. P. Sayler's Definition — Mandatory Laws — Election and Ordination of Officers — Form of Worship — Controversy on Feet-washing- — Sayler's Report to the Ecumenical Council — Cassel's Reply — Elder George Hoke's Theology — Form of Worship — Tunker Love-feast — Tunker Meeting-houses — God, the Progenitor of the Human Race

CHAPTER X.

LITERATURE.

First Hymn-book — Educational — Early and Later Efforts

CHAPTER XI.

DENOMINATIONAL.

German Baptists; — Historical — Missionary — Financial — Statistical — Educational 273-294

CHAPTER XII.

GERMAN BAPTISTS BIOGRAPHICAL.

Biographical

CHAPTER XIII.

OLD GERMAN BAPTISTS.

Historical, Congregational, and Biographical

CHAPTER XIV.

BRETHREN CHURCH HISTORICAL.

Progressive Work — Holsinger's Troubles — Berlin Committee — Arnold Grove — Schoolhouse No. 7 — Dayton Convention — Ashland Convention — Organization

CHAPTER XV.

BRETHREN CHURCH CONGREGATIONAL.

Organization of Churches — Literature — Ashland College — Publishing House

CHAPTER XVI.

BRETHREN CHURCH BIOGRAPHICAL.

Biographical

CHAPTER XVII.

KINDRED FRATERNITIES.

Congregational Brethren — Far Western Brethren — Leedy Brethren — Oimanites — Moravians — River Brethren — John A. Bowman Brethren — The Honites

CHAPTER XVIII.

EPISTOLARY HISTORY.

Letters from Alexander Mack, John Hildebrand, Michael Pfautz, Christopher Saur, Michael Frantz, John Price, Isaac Price, Grabil Meyers, B. F. Moomaw

CHAPTER XIX.

MISCELLANY.

First American Bible — A Tunker War Episode — First German Printing Press — A Mother in Israel Indeed — Sunday-school Tickets — Laying on of Hands — Reputation of Early Tunkers — Encouragements — The Little Tunkeress — A Remarkable Family

Copyright 1901
Year Printed 1901

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