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The Resource Martyrs mirror : a social history, David L. Weaver-Zercher

Martyrs mirror : a social history, David L. Weaver-Zercher

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Martyrs mirror : a social history
Title
Martyrs mirror
Title remainder
a social history
Statement of responsibility
David L. Weaver-Zercher
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Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Approximately 2,500 Anabaptists were martyred in sixteenth- and early seventeenth-century Europe. Their surviving brethren compiled stories of those who suffered and died for the faith into martyr books. The most historically and culturally significant of these, The Bloody Theater--more commonly known as Martyrs Mirror--was assembled by the Dutch Mennonite minister Thieleman van Braght and published in 1660. Today, next to the Bible, it is the single most important text to Anabaptists--Amish, Mennonites, and Hutterites. In some Anabaptist communities, it is passed to new generations as a wedding or graduation gift. David L. Weaver-Zercher combines the fascinating history of Martyrs Mirror with a detailed analysis of Anabaptist life, religion, and martyrdom. He traces the publication, use, and dissemination of this key martyrology across nearly four centuries and explains why it holds sacred status in contemporary Amish and Mennonite households. Even today, the words and deeds of these martyred Christians are referenced in sermons, Sunday school lessons, and history books. Weaver-Zercher argues that Martyrs Mirror was designed to teach believers how to live a proper Christian life. In van Braght's view, accounts of the martyrs helped to remind readers of the things that mattered, thus inspiring them to greater faithfulness. Martyrs Mirror remains a tool of revival, offering new life to the communities and people who read it by revitalizing Anabaptist ideals and values. Meticulously researched and illustrated with sketches from early publications of Martyrs Mirror, Weaver-Zercher's ambitious history weaves together the existing scholarship on this iconic text in an accessible and engaging way
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1960-
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Weaver-Zercher, David
Dewey number
272
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
BR1600.B833
LC item number
W43 2016eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Series statement
Young Center books in Anabaptist & Pietist studies
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Braght, Thieleman J. van
  • Anabaptists
  • Christian martyrs
  • Persecution
  • Braght, Thieleman J. van
  • Braght, Thieleman J. van
  • RELIGION
  • Anabaptists
  • Christian martyrs
  • Persecution
  • Europe
  • Kirchengeschichtsschreibung
  • Martyrologium
  • Religiöse Verfolgung
  • Rezeption
  • Täufer
Label
Martyrs mirror : a social history, David L. Weaver-Zercher
Instantiates
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Part I. The prehistory and production of The bloody theater. Anabaptism: origins, spread, and persecution -- Memorializing martyrdom before The bloody theater -- Thieleman van Braght and the publication of The bloody theater -- The bloody theater: martyr stories and more -- Part II. Van Braght's martyrology through the years. The bloody theater illustrated: the 1685 Martyrs mirror -- A North American edition: the 1748-49 Ephrata Martyrs mirror -- Martyrs mirror in nineteenth-century America -- Martyrs mirror in twentieth-century America -- Part III. Contemporary approaches to Martyrs mirror. Tradition-minded Anabaptists and the use of Martyrs mirror -- Assimilated Mennonites and the dilemma of Martyrs mirror -- The most usable martyr: putting Dirk Willems to work -- Going global: Martyrs mirror in the twenty-first century
Control code
946725757
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unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xvii, 414 pages)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781421418834
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other control number
9781421418827
Other physical details
illustrations
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)946725757
Label
Martyrs mirror : a social history, David L. Weaver-Zercher
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Part I. The prehistory and production of The bloody theater. Anabaptism: origins, spread, and persecution -- Memorializing martyrdom before The bloody theater -- Thieleman van Braght and the publication of The bloody theater -- The bloody theater: martyr stories and more -- Part II. Van Braght's martyrology through the years. The bloody theater illustrated: the 1685 Martyrs mirror -- A North American edition: the 1748-49 Ephrata Martyrs mirror -- Martyrs mirror in nineteenth-century America -- Martyrs mirror in twentieth-century America -- Part III. Contemporary approaches to Martyrs mirror. Tradition-minded Anabaptists and the use of Martyrs mirror -- Assimilated Mennonites and the dilemma of Martyrs mirror -- The most usable martyr: putting Dirk Willems to work -- Going global: Martyrs mirror in the twenty-first century
Control code
946725757
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xvii, 414 pages)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781421418834
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other control number
9781421418827
Other physical details
illustrations
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)946725757

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