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Jehovah’s Witnesses
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1. Background

Jehovah’s Witnesses were organized as a missionary “service corporation.” The parent organization is the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society (1881, WTS) in Brooklyn, New York, with branch offices around the world. Leadership is vested in the lifelong president and (as of the year 2000) a corporation of 13 members, through which “God himself” rules (Theocracy). The worldwide field in which preachers are gathered and commissioned is divided into branches, districts, circuits, and congregati…

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Reimer, Hans-Diether, “Jehovah’s Witnesses”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 11 December 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_J37>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512

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