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P.M. Friesen and his History: Understanding Mennonite Brethren Beginnings 1 edition

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The essays included in this volume edited by Abraham Friesen were originally written for and presented at the P.M. Friesen Symposium held in Fresno, California, on May 4–6, 1978, under the auspices of the Center for Mennonite Brethren Studies and the Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary to mark the publication of the translation of P.M. Friesen's history (The Mennonite Brotherhood in Russia, 1789-1910 [Fresno, 1978], originally published as Alt-Evangelische Mennonitische Bruederschaft in Russland (1789-1910) im Rahmen der mennonitischen Gesamtgeschichte [Halbstadt, Raduga, 1911]).

The essays are arranged into four sections: (1) The intellectual setting from which the Mennonite Brethren Church and P.M. Friesen both emerged, (2) The kinship patterns and key leaders among the founders of the Mennonite Brethren Church, (3) The man, P.M. Friesen, his presuppositions, his writing style, and the problems he confronted while narrating the origins of the Mennonite Brethren Church, and (4) An attempt at constructing a Mennonite Brethren theological self-understanding for a contemporary setting.

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P.M. Friesen and his History: Understanding Mennonite Brethren Beginnings
edited by Abraham Friesen

Published 1979 by Center for Mennonite Brethen Studies, Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary in Fresno, California, USA .
Written in English.

Table of Contents

Introduction Abraham Friesen vii
Part 1: The Intellectual Setting
The Russian Mennonite Intellect of the Nineteenth Century John B. Toews 1
Part 2: Leaders and Relationships
Brotherhood and Family: Implications of Kinship in Mennonite Brethren History Alan Peters 35
Johann Claassen: Trailblazer for the Brethren A.J. and Betty Klassen 61
Part 3: The Historian and his History
P.M. Friesen the Historian Abraham Friesen 81
Voices From Our Past: The Polyphonic History of P.M. Friesen Victor G. Doerksen 101
The Historiography of the Birth of the Mennonite Brethren Peter J. Klassen 115
Part 4: Toward a Mennonite Brethren Self-Understanding
The German-Russian Tension Among the Mennonites in Russia Harry Loewen 133
The Significance of P.M. Friesen's History for Mennonite Brethren Self-Understanding J.B. Toews 153

Edition Notes

Perspectives on Mennonite Life and Thought, No. 2
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The Physical Object

xii, 176p.
Number of pages
7.5 x 5 x 0.375 inches


  • Contributor
    John B. Toews
  • Contributor
    Alan Peters
  • Contributor
    A.J. Klassen & Betty Klassen
  • Contributor
    Abraham Friesen
  • Contributor
    Victor G. Doerksen
  • Contributor
    Peter J. Klassen
  • Contributor
    Harry Loewen
  • Contributor
    J.B. Toews

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