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Flowers of Paradise: Manuscripts and Illustrations from the Ephrata Cloister

by on October 25, 2013
At 6 p.m. on Thursday, November 7, The Historical Society of Pennsylvania will host Jeff Bach, director of the Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies at Elizabethtown College, who will talk about the illustrations and religious symbolism in the Cloister’s music books. Hymnals and other Cloister documents from HSP’s collection will be on display. The lecture will be accompanied by a live performance by the Ephrata Cloister Chorus, which will sing from the library’s balcony, and followed by a reception.
Jeff Bach holds a PhD in religion from Duke University and has researched and written on topics related to Radical Pietist groups in Europe and America. He is the author of Voice of the Turtledoves: The Sacred World of Ephrata and co-author with Michael Birkel for Genius of the Transcedent: Mystical Writings of Jakob Boehme. 
The Ephrata Cloister, a religious community in Lancaster County, was known for its printing press. calligraphy called Frankturschriften and music composed by its founder Conrad Beissel. 
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  1. Ricardo Ben-Safed permalink

    Reblogged this on Ricardo Ben-Safed and commented:
    Not only the “Flowers of Paradise” but the Historical Society of Pennsylvania are displaying the only journal of Johanesse Kelpius for all to see, and it’s the same one I discovered months ago. It was lost in the archives of the HSP , and they were unable to locate it. Thankfully its still there and available. Wow wouldn’t it be nice for the HSP to come out with a newly translated and annotated edition.

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