Begun in 1742 and written by successive members of the clergy, vols. 1-50 were originally written in German, vol. 51- are in English. The MS. is in the Archives of the Moravian Church in Bethlehem, Pa.
Formerly compiled from various authentic chronicles and testimonies published in the Dutch language, by Thielem J. von Bracht ; Carefully translated into the German; from which it is translated, compared with the original, and carefully revised; and numerous texts of scripture more correctly quoted than in the German edition, by I. Daniel Rupp ...
Cipy 2 from the Collection of the Heritage Center Museum.
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Copy 2 Heritage Center copy original call number PO2.21.2.
Copy 2 Heritage Center copy bears on inside front cover full colored fractur bookplate of Mary Keen, 1839.
Copy 2 on back of first flyeaf in pencil: All of one mind - hearing ministers -- 462; Hearing ministers 919.
Copy 2 on front of second flylear in ink: Horace D. Harkins, 534 North Plum St., Lancaster, Penna.
Includes index and bibliographic notes.
Copy 2 Heritage Center copy full leather binding with maroon spine title; shows wear all over with split spine; four loose pages and pages show heavy foxing and damp stains; later flyleaves.
This book includes accounts of the martyrdom of the apostles and the stories of martyrs from previous centuries. Next to the Bible, the Martyrs' Mirror has historically held the most significant and prominent place in Amish and Mennonite homes. The Martyrs Mirror is still a beloved book among Amish and Mennonites. While less common now in the 20th century, Martyrs' Mirror is a common wedding gift for Amish and Mennonite families. In 1745, Jacob Gottschalk arranged with the Ephrata Cloister to have them translate the Martyrs Mirror from Dutch into German and to print it. The work took 15 men three years to finish and in 1749, at 1,512 pages, it was the largest book printed in America before the Revolutionary War. [wikipedia]