A Time of Sifting: Mystical Marriage and the Crisis of Moravian Piety in the Eighteenth Century by Paul PeuckerA Time of Sifting: Mystical Marriage and the Crisis of Moravian Piety in the Eighteenth Century by Paul Peucker

A Time of Sifting: Mystical Marriage and the Crisis of Moravian Piety in the Eighteenth Century

byPaul Peucker

Hardcover | May 19, 2015

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At the end of the 1740s, the Moravians, a young and rapidly expanding radical-Pietist movement, experienced a crisis soon labeled the Sifting Time. As Moravian leaders attempted to lead the church away from the abuses of the crisis, they also tried to erase the memory of this controversial and embarrassing period. Archival records were systematically destroyed, and official histories of the church only dealt with this period in general terms. It is not surprising that the Sifting Time became both a taboo and an enigma in Moravian historiography. In A Time of Sifting, Paul Peucker provides the first book-length, in-depth look at the Sifting Time and argues that it did not consist of an extreme form of blood-and-wounds devotion, as is often assumed. Rather, the Sifting Time occurred when Moravians began to believe that the union with Christ could be experienced not only during marital intercourse but during extramarital sex as well. Peucker shows how these events were the logical consequence of Moravian teachings from previous years. As the nature of the crisis became evident, church leaders urged the members to revert to their earlier devotion of the blood and wounds of Christ. By returning to this earlier phase, the Moravians lost their dynamic character and became more conservative. It was at this moment that the radical-Pietist Moravians of the first half of the eighteenth century reinvented themselves as a noncontroversial evangelical denomination.

Paul Peucker is Director and Archivist at the Moravian Archives in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Paul Peucker is Director and Archivist at the Moravian Archives in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
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Title:A Time of Sifting: Mystical Marriage and the Crisis of Moravian Piety in the Eighteenth CenturyFormat:HardcoverDimensions:264 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.98 inPublished:May 19, 2015Publisher:Penn State University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0271066431

ISBN - 13:9780271066431

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Table of Contents

Contents

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Prologue: The Hole

Abbreviations

Acknowledgements

Chapter One - Introduction

Chapter Two - Herrnhut and Herrnhaag

Chapter Three - Historiography

Chapter Four - The Crisis Revealed

Chapter Five - Characteristics of the Sifting Time

Chapter Six - Songs of the Sifting

Chapter Seven - The Actual Sifting

Chapter Eight - Aftermath of the Sifting

Chapter Nine - The Post-Zinzendorf Era

Chapter Ten - What was the Sifting Time?

Chapter Eleven - The Sources

Notes

Bibliography

Index

Editorial Reviews

“This fine book offers a welcome perspective on a complex topic, and joins the growing number of books on radical Pietism, in this case via new insights into the history of the Moravian Church and its global context.”

—Annette G. Aubert, American Historical Review