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Community In “Companies”: The Conventicles Of George Rapp’s Harmony Society Compared To Those In Württemberg Pietism And The Brüderunität

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In this chapter, the author outlines George Rapp's own experience within churchly Pietist conventicles as well as the later formation of a Separatist conventicle in his hometown of Iptingen, Württemberg. Then, the spiritual, religious, and pedagogical nature of the Harmonist companies, and their theological foundation will be demonstrated. The chapter focuses on the composition and leadership of the Harmonist companies. Along the way, similarities and dissimilarities between the Harmonist companies and Pietist and Separatist conventicles existent in the second half of the eighteenth century in Württemberg, and the bands, classes, and choirs within Zinzendorf's Brüderunität will be examined in the chapter. The companies within the Harmony Society were not work parties or groups merely formed for poetic composition. The Harmonists were divided into companies on the basis of age and gender, but not by village of origin or occupation.

Keywords: Brüderunität; George Rapp's Harmony society; Württemberg



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