Anweisung” — “Aanwyzing” — “Unterricht”. Three previously unknown early forms of Gerhard Tersteegen’s Anweisung zum rechten Verstand und nützlichen Gebrauch der Heiligen Schrift (A guide to the right understanding and profitable use of Holy Scripture)

Johannes Burkardt

Abstract


This contribution presents two previously-unknown early versions of the German Reformed Pietist Gerhard Tersteegen’s Anweisung zum rechten Verstand und nützlichen Gebrauch der heiligen Schrift (A guide to the right understanding and profitable use of Holy Scripture). The first is the German original version, which was published in 1731 as preface to a Luther Bible; the other is its earliest Dutch translation, which is mentioned in that preface. This Dutch translation appeared at Groningen in 1733 as AANWYZING TOT HET REGTE VERSTANT EN ’T NUTTELYK GEBRUYK DER H. SCHRIFT. In addition, it has been possible to establish that the same German text was published again as a separate print at Diez in 1734, this time with another title: Kurtz- und gründlicher Unterricht von der H. Schrifft (A brief and thorough instruction in Holy Scripture). From the correspondence between Tersteegen and the Pietist Karl Sigismund Prueschenk von Lindenhoven in 1732, it can be concluded that Prueschenk was the instigator of this edition. Finally, we see that the remarks in the tenth section of Geistliche Fama (Spiritual Fame) of 1733 about the situation of the godly in the Netherlands were probably written by Tersteegen.

Keywords


mysticism, Pietism, Bible, edition, translation, Gerhard Tersteegen

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Willem J. op ’t Hof, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (co-editor)

Jan van de Kamp, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (co-editor)

Ryan McGraw, Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Taylors, SC (editor)


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Thomas Bakker, VU University Amsterdam

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Andreas J. Beck, Evangelical Theological Faculty Leuven

Veronika Albrecht-Birkner, University of Siegen

Joel R. Beeke, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Philip Benedict, University of Geneva

Francis J. Bremer, Millersville University, Pennsylvania

John Coffey, University of Leicester

Michael A.G. Haykin, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky

Tuija Laine, University of Helsinki

Fred A. van Lieburg, VU University Amsterdam

Anthony Milton, The University of Sheffield

Richard A. Muller, Calvin Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Éva Petröczi, Károli Gáspár University of the Hungarian Reformed Church, Budapest

Martin Sallmann, University of Bern

Hans-Jürgen Schrader, University of Geneva

 

 

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