The Notebook of a Colonial Clergyman: Condensed from the Journals of Henry Melchior Muhlenberg

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Fortress Press, 1998 - History - 256 pages
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Commemorative Edition of The Notebook of a Colonial Clergyman marking the 250th anniversary of the founding of the Ministerium of Pennsylvania and celebrating the pioneer missionary spirit and work of Henry Melchior Muhlenberg.

Henry Melchior Muhlenberg arrived in the American colonies in 1742—a 31-year-old Lutheran pastor—to take up missionary work among the German immigrants who were coming to the New World in search of a new life. His ministry spanned forty-five tumultuous years—years of political revolution, years that saw both the birth of a new nation and the establishment of the Lutheran Church on American soil. With the inception of the Ministerium of Pennsylvania in 1748, the Lutheran tradition took on an organizational structure that positioned the fledgling church to grow in the American context. The birth of the new nation and the growth of the new church are uniquely captured in this collection of Muhlenberg's journal entries.

These excerpts from Muhlenberg's notebooks take you back to the colonial period with fascinating anecdotes and penetrating insights into the political, religious, and cultural realities of the time. Muhlenberg the man and Muhlenberg the missionary of the gospel of Christ come alive for later generations in these revealing journal entries.

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These are excerpts from the extensive journals of a Lutheran pastor in the 1700s. It was interesting to read about his positions on religion, theology and politics at that time and to see the ... Read full review

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Theodore G. Tappert was a distinguished church historian and author. He was Schieren Professor of the History of Christianity at Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. Tappert was also archivist of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod and a consultant to the Lutheran Church in American's Board of Publication.

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