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Historical Dictionary of Jehovah's Witnesses

by George D. Chryssides

Part of the Historical Dictionaries of Religions, Philosophies, and Movements Series Series

Historical Dictionary of Jehovah's Witnesses Synopsis

Originating from a small group of Bible students led by Charles Taze Russell in the 1870s, the Watch Tower Society grew into an international society. After Russell's death in 1916, Franklin Rutherford was named his successor and gave the society a new name: Jehovah's Witnesses. The Historical Dictionary of Jehovah's Witnesses shows how World War I & II influenced Watch Tower attitudes to civil government, armed conflict, and medical innovations like blood transfusion, as well as to mainstream churches and the development of Jehovah's Witnesses' door-to-door evangelism. The theme of prophecy, the doctrine of the 144,000, end-time calculations, Armageddon, and the Witnesses' denial of hell are all considered in the Historical Dictionary of Jehovah's Witnesses, which contains a chronology, an introductory essay, a bibliography, and 250 cross-referenced dictionary entries relating to key people and concepts.

Historical Dictionary of Jehovah's Witnesses Press Reviews

This smart, medium-sized volume is an ideal format in which to present an impartial account. We have here a reliable and fair-minded source of information. ... This sober and well-informed dictionary should be in all collections which consider religion and beliefs. * s, June 2009 * The author...has produced a work that will help a layperson understand better the Jehovah's Witnesses....This is an evenhanded, comprehensive look at the Jehovah's Witnesses and their history. It will be a good place to start studying their religion and world view. * American Reference Books Annual, August 2008 *

Book Information

ISBN: 9780810860742
Publication date: 17th July 2008
Author: George D. Chryssides
Publisher: Scarecrow Press
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 240 pages
Categories: History of religion, Reference works,

About George D. Chryssides

George Chryssides is currently Head of Religious Studies at the University of Wolverhampton, England.

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