Martyrdom Scholar Jeff Bach to speak at Miller Library October 26

As the third and final part of Christian Martyrdom Then and Now: A Art and Lecture Series, Miller Library is honored to host a lecture by Jeff Bach next Tuesday, October 26th at 3:00 PM in the library conference room.  Bach (Ph.D., Duke University) is Director of the Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies at Elizabethtown College, Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania.  He and the Young Center recently hosted a major study conference, “Martyrs Mirror: Reflections across Time,” focusing on the Anabaptist martyrology, the Martyrs Mirror.  This event examined the history, transmission, and significance of Martyrs Mirror, a work originally published in 1660 that chronicles the martyrdom of the Christians throughout the centuries, with a detailed section on the martyrs of the Radical Reformation.  Bach is a scholar in Schwarzenau Brethren history and the Ephrata Community, an 18th-century religious society rooted in radical pietism, which printed the first North American edition of Martyrs Mirror in 1748.  He is the author of Voices of the Turtledoves: The Sacred World of Ephrata (Penn State Press, 2003) and was chair of the Annual Conference 300th Anniversary Committee for the Church of the Brethren.  He will be speaking on the history of Christian martyrdom, with a focus on his research in Anabaptist martyrdom.

We welcome and invite you to hear about the history of Christian martyrdom and its implications for today.


About Eric

Eric Bradley is a academic librarian. He does not moonlight as a Mixed Martial Arts fighter or Los Angeles studio singer, although may be seen playing French Horn in a community band or adding another tune book to his hymnal collection.
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