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Zinzendorf, Nikolaus
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Nikolaus Ludwig, Reichsgraf von (count of) Zinzendorf and Pottendorf (1700–1760), was a German Protestant theologian and founder and organizer of the Moravian Brethren (Herrnhut community). Born in Dresden, Zinzendorf was the son of a high Saxon court official, descended from old Austrian nobility. After his father’s early death and the remarriage of his mother, Zinzendorf was raised in the Upper Lusatia region of eastern Germany by his grandmother Henriette von Gersdorf, who had a strong influence on him.

From 1710 to 1716 Zinzendorf attended, with ambivalent experiences, A. H. Fra…

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Oberdorfer, Bernd, “Zinzendorf, Nikolaus”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 19 November 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_Z.8>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512



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