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Traces Of The History Of Estonian Churches In Russian Archives

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This chapter gives a short overview of the material in Estonia, and links this to the relevant documents in Russian archives. Among the material on the Lutheran Church there are many sources that touch upon the history of the Orthodox Church in Estonia. The General Evangelical-Lutheran Consistory was established as the highest ecclesiastical institution and the court for all evangelical churches and provincial consistories. The entire Lutheran Church in Russia was divided into eight consistories, ruled by general-superintendents or superintendents. In the territory of Estonia there were the Estonian Consistory with 52 parishes, the Consistory of Tallin with five parishes and the Regional Consistory of Saaremaa with fourteen parishes. Several collections of church institutions have been preserved in the Estonian Historical Archives (EHA). The Russian State Historical Archive (RSHA SPb) holds many collections that may be of great interest when studying Estonian church history.

Keywords: Estonian churches; Estonian historical archives (EHA); general Evangelical-Lutheran consistory; RSHA SPb



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