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)