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The Transformation of Moravian Bethlehem: From Communal Mission to Family Economy

By: Beverly Prior Smaby

Price: $15.00

Publisher: Philadelphia, PA, University Of PA Press: 1988

Seller ID: 888841

ISBN: 0812281306

Condition: Very Good


Sturdy and unmarked. Light staining on the top edge of the pages. The Moravians who settled Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, in 1742 were committed to a society centered around missionary work. To free their missionaries from the need to earn a living, they formed a communal economic organization in which all workers gave their labor to the community in exchange for food, shelter, and clothing. To encourage each individual's religious development, family ties were deemphasized and members of the same sex, marital status, and age slept, worked, and worshipped together. After 20 years, the worldwide ... View more info