History of the Hutterites: Revised Edition
By John Hofer
Published by Friesens Corporation, Altona, Manitoba, Canada, Third
Printing, 1996, 108 pages, softcover.
This comprehensive view of history concerns the early Hutterian
Brethern. They are described as a group of Christians determined
to give spiritual piety a priority in their daily lives. With a
focus of devotion and earnestness which was seldom emulated within
the universal history of Christian believers, the Hutterian Brethern
attempted to restore the tenants of faith and life, which characterized
the witness of the early church.
Twenty-three lessons are intended to instruct heritage to Hutterian
youth. Their Apostolic Church history is recounted from Pentecost,
according to the Bible in Acts 2, to the Great Reformation with
the birth of Anabaptism. Upon the formation of the Hutterian Brethren,
their trials, tribulations, and migrations are recounted through
Western Europe, Eastern Europe, and North America.
A more detailed text describes their concept of "community of
common goods," leadership of Jacob Hutter, and missionary martyrs.
Immigration journeys cover Moravia, Hungary, Romania, and Ukraine
(South Russia), before extending to North American settlements.
There are many photographs, maps and illustrations found in this
108-page book. An interesting chart identifies the "Branching of
Hutterites Colonies (Lehrerleut)" including extinct and existing
colonies. Current color photos include agricultural activities found
at the Hutterites colonies.
The appendix includes a "List of Hutterite Colonies in North America"
including Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia in
Canada and South Dakota, Montana, North Dakota, Washington, Minnesota,
New York, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania in the United States. Also
listed are the colonies founded in Sussex, England in 1971 and Japan
Finally, there is a valuable listings of "Reference Books for
Teachers" and "Additional Reading for Pupils." Persons who wish
to gain a greater insight of the history and culture of the Hutterite
community will want to secure this revised edition.