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JACOB DENNERS CHRISTLICH-UND ERBAULICHE BETRACHTUNGEN uber die Sonn-und Festtags-Evangelia des ganzen Jahrs.

Denner, Jacob.

Published by (Hamburg: )., 1751
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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pp. [14] 1502 [66] + Engraved frontis portrait. The frontis and first signatures are crudely attached to the front board. Double column German fraktur text, with some age stain. 4to. 220 mm. Original binding of full alum tawed vellumized pigskin over beveled wooden boards. Old decorative tooling with intertwined flowers and vines. The clasps are not precent. Both boards detached. Old repairs were attempted at the joint of the front board. The binding is probably of Swiss or German origin. Fuller Title: JACOB DENNERS CHRISTLICH-UND ERBAULICHE BETRACHTUNGEN uber die Sonn-und Festtags-Evangelia des ganzen Jahrs; nebst einem Anhange verschiedener Predigten uber besondere Texte, so wohl aus dem Alten als Neuen Testamente; und einer Vermehrung von dreyen Predigten uber das heilige Vater Unser. Durch Gottes Gnade in offentlicher Versammlung in Altona mundlich vorgetragen, und auf Begehren dem Druck uberlassen. Neue (edition), auf Kosten Christlicher Freunde beforgt Aufl., welcher die Betrachtung vom Adel des Gewissens, und eine Nachricht von den Lebens-Umstanden des seligen Herrn Denners beygefuget worden. From the Mennonite Encyclopedia: Jakob Denner (1659-1746) was a Mennonite-Dompelaar (Dunker) preacher of Altona near Hamburg, Germany, and author of pietistic devotional books of wide circulation. His father was an elder of the "small" Mennonite church of Altona and a zealous champion of the Dompelaars or immersionists. In his youth Jakob learned the dyeing trade and studied mathematics and astronomy. He made long trips all over Europe. In 1684 he was ordained minister of the Mennonite church in Altona, but he also preached in Lubeck; Friedrichstadt; and Danzig. He then returned to Altona to preach for a time in the "large" Mennonite church, on the condition that he was not to preach any particularly Dompelaar doctrines. In 1708 Ernst Goverts, a wealthy Hamburg merchant, who was a deacon in the Mennonite church, helped him build a Dompelaar church. In 1732 Denner bought this church and requested the congregation to make contributions to pay for it. Denner's strongly emotional sermons were widely acclaimed, and were attended by members of all Protestant groups. His delivery was called "gentle and sincere," and his personality "charming and pleasant." The nobility of Holstein and Denmark associated with him, and the later king of Sweden frequently attended his sermons. He never held the Lord's Supper in his congregation, and he performed the ceremonies of baptism and marriage only on his own children. Some of the orthodox Lutheran clergymen of Hamburg passionately opposed his activities (the new Pietism) and preached against him. (For an account of the open opposition in the Marienkirche, see Schultze, Daniel Severin and Mennonitische Blatter 1880: 71 f.) His son Balthasar Denner was a well-known portrait painter, and his son-in-law Dominicus van der Smissen was likewise a painter. After Denner's death the Dompelaar congregation, declined, and the church was taken over by the Moravians. Denner's writings exerted a tremendous influence in and beyond the Mennonite church, and did much to promote pietistic tendencies among the Mennonites. His extremely long and emotional printed sermons served both as devotional reading and as material to be read verbatim from the pulpit at Sunday services. In 1730 the first German edition of the complete sermon collection was published in Hamburg under the title, Einfaltige und christliche Betrachtungen. In spite of its bulk the book had a tremendous appeal to Christians of all types, there being no less than five German editions. Its popularity demonstrates the strong pietistic interests and longings of the Mennonite church of that time and even deep into the 19th century. The book was once frequently found in Mennonite homes in the in Pennsylvania and in the prairie states. Mennonite Encyclopedia II, 37. SE 2/5. Bookseller Inventory # 005A66

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Publisher: (Hamburg: ).

Publication Date: 1751

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Edition: 1st Edition

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