Philipp Jakob Spener

Briefwechsel mit Adam Rechenberg

Band 1: 1686–1689
Hrsg. v. Udo Sträter in Zus.-Arb. m. Claudia Neumann

[Correspondence with Adam Rechenberg. Volume 1: 1686–1689.]

2019. XXXVIII, 736 pages.
199,00 €
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ISBN 978-3-16-156678-3
Published in German.
The first volume of the Spener-Rechenberg series contains 199 letters from the years 1686 to 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.

Philipp Jakob Spener 1635–1705, Begründer des lutherischen Pietismus

Udo Sträter Geboren 1952; Studium der Geschichte, Germanistik und Ev. Theologie; 1985 Promotion; 1991 Habilition; Professor für Kirchengeschichte an der Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg (MLU); 2010 Rektor der MLU; 2018 emeritiert.

Claudia Neumann Geboren 1970; Studium der Ev. Theologie; Wiss. Mitarbeiterin in der Forschungsstelle »Edition der Spenerbriefe« an der Sächsischen Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Leipzig.


The following reviews are known:

In: Theologische Literaturzeitung — 144 (2019), S. 1268–1271 (Wolf-Friedrich Schäufele)
In: Theologische Revue — (Dietrich Blaufuß)
In: Arbeitskreis f. Evangelikale Theologie — (4/2020) (Ulrike Treusch)
In: Zeitschr.f. Bayer. KirchenG — 89 (2020), S. 139–141 (Hanspeter Marti)