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.
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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.