Title the ephrata commune an early american counterculture date 1985 identifier 31735039418821 extent xiii 273 p 24 cm place of publication. The ephrata commune an early american counterculture by eg alderfer tells of the founding and subsequent history of ephrata a mystical religious community that flourished in eastern pennsylvania in the mid eighteenth century its leader conrad beissel a german pietist who came to america in 1720 seeking spiritual peace and solitude . Get this from a library the ephrata commune an early american counterculture e gordon alderfer. He also discusses american religious and communal movements of later times in the light of the ephrata experience his is the first history of the community to provide extensive documentation including analysis of many surviving manuscripts and books written at ephratabralthough the commune died out in the nineteenth century the site and . Purpose of project the ephrata cloister or ephrata community was a religious community established in 1732 by johann conrad beissel at ephrata in what is now lancaster county pennsylvania ephrata cloister was a protestant monastic community of celibate brothers and sisters supported by a married congregation who lived near the settlement
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