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The founder of the Hutterites, or the Hutterian Brethren, was Jacob Hutter, an Anabaptist who was burned at the stake as a heretic in Innsbruck in 1536. He had led a group that practiced the community of goods along the lines of Acts 2:44.

The Hutterites enjoyed a golden age of development from 1565 to 1592. Every community had a minister of the word, a minister to the needy, and also a kindergarten and school—all of which continue as features of Hutterite communities. A leader or elder directs the whole community.

Plundering by the Turks and by various armies during the Thirty Years’ War, along…

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Geldbach, Erich, “Hutterites”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 09 August 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_H374>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512

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