† Hans Schneider (1941 – 2022)

We mourn the death of the long-time member of the Commission for the Support of Work on the Spener-Letters-Edition.

Obituary of the Department of Protestant Theology at Philipps-University in Marburg

† 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

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)

Letters from the Frankfurt period 1666-1686. Volume 6: 1682-1683

The letters of Philipp Jakob Spener, the founder of Pietism, are sources of first-class importance for church and cultural history. They provide insight into the emergence and spread of the Pietistic movement and are also of unique information value for many areas of spiritual and social life outside the religious-ecclesiastical space.
The 202 letters Speners in the present volume come from the years 1682/83. For the history of Pietist piety, they show details of the now open-ended separation of some of Spener’s friends in Frankfurt and his reaction to the accusation that he had fueled this development. The political situation is particularly evident in Spener’s reports and comments on the growing influence of France on the left bank of the German Reich, including Alsace.

The band is available now.

Philipp Jakob Spener
Briefe aus der Frankfurter Zeit 1666–1686
Volume 6: 1682–1683
Ed. by Udo Sträter & Johannes Wallmann in coop. w. Claudia Drese & Klaus vom Orde
2019. XXXIII, 924 Pages.

Research in a archive via YouTube

Oliver Brennecke, archivist in the Niedersächsisches Staatsarchiv [Lower Saxony State Archive] in Hannover, has opened a video channel on YouTube, in which he wants to introduce the work in archives and offers assistance in the exciting work with original sources.

The handling of archive information systems, research methods, source customer and the operation of the archives are explained in a comprehensible way. Many practical examples are shown in the archive information system Arcinsys, which uses the Niedersächsisches Staatsarchiv [Lower Saxony State Archive] in the “Archive Information System of Lower Saxony and Bremen“.

You can find the channel at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtCQnNbRqIEFhH3L6knH5_g

V. International Congress for Pietism Research

Pietism and emotions in the 18th century

The 5th International Congress for Research on Pietism, organized by the Interdisciplinary Center for Pietism Research in cooperation with the Francke Foundations of Halle and the Historical Commission for the Study of Pietism, will take place from 26 to 29 August 2018 in the Francke Foundations in Halle.

Further information and the program are available at:

† Peter Schicketanz (1931 – 2018)


Obituary of the Robert Havemann Society e.V.

Obituary of the Protestant Working Group for Conscientious Objection and Peace

Obituary of the State Representative of the Free State of Thuringia for the processing of the SED dictatorship

† Reinhard Breymayer (1944 – 2017)