The Danzig Mennonite Church:
Its Origin and History from 1569 - 1919
This volume, originally published in 1919 in Germany, was meant to reflect on three hundred fifty years of congregational history, going back to the initial leadership provided by Dirk Philips. Its publication also celebrated the centennial of the congregation's church building, which stands to this day in Gdansk, Poland. The author, Hermann Gottlieb Mannhardt, served the congregation as pastor from 1878 to 1927 and was an important leader of the German Mennonite church.
For scholars of Mennonite history, this volume bridges the gap from Anabaptists of the sixteenth century to the larger and better-researched Mennonite communities of Russia founded in the late 1700s by the Mennonites of the Vistula Delta region. This volume also reminds contemporary urban Mennonites that some Mennonites have always lived in cities.
Special features of this translation include an epilogue by Pastor Tomasz Ropiejko, lead pastor of the Pentecostal congregation that has used the former Mennonite church building in Gdansk since the 1950s. Original maps make the streets and villages of Mannhardt's account easy to locate. Editorial annotations to the original text explain passages that might otherwise remain obscure and highlight as well the places where Mannhardt's nineteenth-century perspectives shaped his interpretations.
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