† Martin Brecht (1932 – 2021)

Obituary of the Ev.-Theol. Faculty of the Westphalian Wilhelms University in Münster

Obituary notice in the Westfälische Nachrichten

† Johannes Wallmann (1930 – 2021)

We mourn the death of the founder of the Edition of Philipp Jakob Spener’s Letters.


Obituary in the Süddeutsche Zeitung, written by Thomas Kaufmann

Obituary notice in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Obituary on bogoslov.ru, written by Abbot Peter Mescherinov

† Friedrich de Boor (1933 – 2020)

Obituary of the theological faculty of the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg




Letters from the Frankfurt period 1666-1686. Volume 7: 1684-1685

Philipp Jakob Spener’s name is closely associated with the beginnings of the pietistic movement in the German Lutheran church. His letters are not only a very important source for research of the early Modern Age, but in the fields of church history, social history, and the history of ideas, too. The 148 letters written in 1684 and 1685 that this volume features are, however, not well known and as yet little researched. They reveal how Spener interacted with friends who split from the church, while the violent repression of the westerly Rhine regions by the French king Louis XIV and the Revocation of the Edict of Nantes is also reflected in many letters. And with Spener suffering from a persistent illness at this time, 1685 could thus be seen as a year of crises for him.

The band is available now.

Philipp Jakob Spener
Briefe aus der Frankfurter Zeit 1666–1686
Volume 7: 1684–1685
Ed. by Udo Sträter & Johannes Wallmann in coop. w. Klaus vom Orde
2019. XXXV, 716 Pages
ISBN 978-3-16-159115-0

Correspondence with Adam Rechenberg 1686-1704. Volume 1: 1686-1689

As the founder of the Lutheran pietistic movement, the letters of Philipp Jakob Spener, are a very important source for research of the early Modern Age not only in terms of church history, but also for cultural history and the history of ideas.
The correspondence between Spener (1635–1705) and Adam Rechenberg (1642–1721) forms the most extensive part of the preserved letters, which up to now were only available in their original form. The rich corpus gives deep insights into Spener’s life, thinking, work and networks that portray many areas of contemporary spiritual and societal life outside religious circles.
The first volume of the Spener-Rechenberg series contains 199 letters from the years 1686 to 1689, which, because of the fragmentary transmission during this period, were written almost exclusively by Spener himself. The letters document in detail Spener’s work as senior court chaplain in Dresden and record how he reacted to political, ecclesiastical, and theological events.

The volume is available now.

Philipp Jakob Spener
Briefwechsel mit Adam Rechenberg 1686–1704
Vol. 1: 1686–1689
Ed. by Udo Sträter in additional work with Claudia Neumann
2019. XXXVIII, 736 Pages.
(Published in German)