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Baltzer, Eduard Wilhelm

(162 words)

Author(s): Obst, Helmut
[German Version] (Oct 24, 1811, Hohenleina, district of Merseburg – Jun 24, 1887, Durlach). After theological studies in Leipzig and Halle (1834–1838), and a diaconate in Delitzsch (1841), Baltzer's election to a pastorate in Nordhausen (previously Halle) was not confirmed by the consistory because of his intercession on behalf of the Lichtfreunde (Friends of Light). He thereupon founded a “free Protestant congregation” in Nordhausen. Until 1881, Baltzer was also the h…

Lorber Society

(321 words)

Author(s): Obst, Helmut
[German Version] The Lorber Society (Lorber- Gesellschaft) was established in Bietigheim (Württemberg) in 1949. It succeeded the Neusalem Gesellschaft, which was founded in 1924 and banned in 1937. Its objective is to preserve the original text of the revelations received by the musician Jakob Lorber (1800–1864) from Graz, Austria, and to publish them worldwide (known by the name Neuoffenbarung [new revelation]). From 1840, Lorber, the “messenger of God,” received extensive messages (some 10,000 printed pages) dictated verbatim by an “inner voice”; they largely claim to…

Neuapostolische Gemeinde/Kirche

(977 words)

Author(s): Obst, Helmut
[English Version] I. Gründung Die Wurzeln der Neuapostolischen Kirche (NAK) liegen in den kath.-apostolischen Gemeinden (Catholic Apostolic Church). Als die ersten der zwölf kath.-apostolischen engl. Apostel starben und keine Neuberufungen vorgenommen wurden, kam es v.a. in Deutschland unter dem maßgeblichen Einfluß des »Propheten« Heinrich Geyer (1818–1896) zu inneren Auseinandersetzungen. 1863 fanden in der Gemeinde Hamburg prophetische Berufungen neuer dt. Apostel statt, die von den engl. Aposte…

New Apostolic Church

(1,086 words)

Author(s): Obst, Helmut
[German Version] I. Foundation The roots of the New Apostolic Church lie in the CatholicApostolic congregations (Catholic Apostolic Church). When the first 12 Catholic Apostolic (Eng.) apostles died and no new appointments were made, internal ¶ disputes arose, especially in Germany under the definitive influence of the “prophet” Heinrich Geyer (1818–1896). In 1863, the Hamburg congregation made prophetic appointments of new German apostles, who were not recognized by the English apostles. The General Christian Apostolic Mission ar…