Flowers of Paradise: Manuscripts and Illustrations from the Ephrata Cloister


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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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…

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About Ric Ben-Safed

Technical and Freelance Writer, degrees in History,Psychology, and Master's in Social Policy and Planning. written hundreds of reports in regard to mental health, major research in genealogy and genetic genealogy as well as local history. I try to be and Independent leaning Libertarian but also like the cooperative anarchist ideas of L.Neil Smith, Murray Rombard, J. Neil Schulman. Fascinated by (Philadelphians, George Lippard ( 1830-1854). Gothic & City Noir, appreciate the Mystics of Philadelphia Mystic Johaness Kelpius (1667-1708), even "God may be a Verb!).
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