Journal of Amish and Plain Anabaptist Studies: Volume 1, Issue 2 (October 2013)

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Issue DOI: https://doi.org/10.18061/1811/57691


Front Matter
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Loving in Plain Sight: Amish Romance Novels as Evangelical Gothic
Cordell, Sigrid pp. 1-16
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Use of Old Order Anabaptist-Produced Publications to Develop an Injury Surveillance System for Old Order Populations
Jones, Paul; Field, William; Kraybill, Donald; Scott, Stephen pp. 17-30
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Coming Home: The Bruderhof Returns to Germany
Jany, Berit pp. 31-47
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Continuity and Change in a Southern Beachy Amish-Mennonite Congregation
Smith, William pp. 48-68
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What Do College Students Have to Learn from the Amish?
Brock, Caroline pp. 69-89
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Articles by Members of Plain Anabaptist Churches

A Survey of Amish Tunebooks: Categorizing Slow Tunes by Date of Origin
Schlabach, Gracia pp. 90-106
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Amish Settlements across America: 2013
Donnermeyer, Joseph; Luthy, David pp. 107-129
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Back Matter
pp. 130-133
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    Front Matter (Volume 1, Issue 2, October 2013)
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    Loving in Plain Sight: Amish Romance Novels as Evangelical Gothic
    (Ohio State University. Libraries, 2013-10) Cordell, Sigrid
    This article examines Beverly Lewis’s highly popular trilogy The Heritage of Lancaster County, a series often cited as inspiring the Amish romance novel trend. Although Lewis did not invent the Amish romance, the high visibility that her work enjoys in the media, and the conventional wisdom that she was the first to develop the genre, means that subsequent novels are necessarily responding to and adapting Lewis’s texts. Looking at Lewis’s trilogy as a foundational text, this article analyzes the ways in which it draws on Gothic conventions to perform evangelical cultural work (to use Jane Tompkins’s phrase). Considering the trilogy as a Gothic text within the context of Christian publishing highlights the ways in which it functions as an extension of evangelical outreach: the narratives both celebrate Amish community values and adherence to tradition while using Gothic tropes of confinement and escape to emphasize the idea that the Amish are narrow-minded and overly rigid. Ultimately, this article argues that Lewis’s novels use the Gothic to argue that the antidote to Amish rigidity is evangelicalism.
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    Use of Old Order Anabaptist-Produced Publications to Develop an Injury Surveillance System for Old Order Populations
    (Ohio State University. Libraries, 2013-10) Jones, Paul; Field, William; Kraybill, Donald; Scott, Stephen
    To achieve a clearer picture of injuries within Old Order Anabaptist communities, Purdue University’s Agricultural Safety and Health Program collaborated with the Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies at Elizabethtown College to conduct a pilot study on this topic. The team developed an injury surveillance system based not on traditional injury data sources and instruments but on data provided in Old Order-produced publications, specifically The Budget, Die Botschaft, and The Diary. While traditional surveillance methods have generally yielded injury data on less than 30 Old Order cases per year, the Old Order Injury Database, developed through the Purdue/Young Center collaboration, yielded data on 1,153 cases for the target year analyzed. While the primary focus of the study was farm-related injuries, it is believed that this type of surveillance system could be used by professionals in a variety of health-related fields to assist in gathering data and developing culturally appropriate interventions for Old Order groups.
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    Coming Home: The Bruderhof Returns to Germany
    (Ohio State University. Libraries, 2013-10) Jany, Berit
    The Bruderhof Community, founded by Eberhard Arnold in Germany shortly after World War I, envisions communal life according to the principles of early Anabaptism, Christian Socialism, and the German Youth Movement. Persecuted by the National Socialists in the 1930s, the group migrated to America. Despite harassment and expulsion from Germany, it has attempted to reunite with its geographic birthplace. Reasons for continued efforts to reconnect to the German homeland can be found in the movement’s historical development as a free church with a global awareness and outreach. Analyzing the Bruderhof’s experience with persecution, its distinct theology, and perseverance as a communal order, I explore the motivations that led to the community’s resettlement in Germany and the consequences of that endeavor.
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    Continuity and Change in a Southern Beachy Amish-Mennonite Congregation
    (Ohio State University. Libraries, 2013-10) Smith, William
    Key leaders in a Beachy Amish-Mennonite church in southwest Georgia were interviewed to discuss the congregation’s history and position on religious beliefs and practices, gender roles and family life, education, work life, and areas of current concern. I then use the framework of boundary maintenance to assess the congregation’s viability. I conclude that while this congregation has experienced a variety of changes, its history reflects continuity rather than change.
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    What Do College Students Have to Learn from the Amish?
    (Ohio State University. Libraries, 2013-10) Brock, Caroline
    This paper presents the results of a survey of college courses taught on the Amish. It is based on a series of interviews with instructors at other institutions of higher learning whose courses focus on the Amish, an examination of their syllabi, and analysis of student writing from the course I teach at the University of Missouri-Columbia. The survey was designed to ascertain the goals of professors who teach a class about the Amish and how they best achieve their course objectives. Secondly, the survey explored what attracts college students to a course about the Amish, and what prior knowledge, and preconceptions they bring with them. My survey found that all professors relate themes and values about the Amish to the lives of college students, but there are subtle differences in how these connections are expressed by instructors in the classroom through various course activities. This paper should serve as a resource for people who want to incorporate information about the Amish in their college-level courses.
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    A Survey of Amish Tunebooks: Categorizing Slow Tunes by Date of Origin
    (Ohio State University. Libraries, 2013-10) Schlabach, Gracia
    A survey of Notabücher (tune books) currently used by geographically diverse Amish communities leads to the conclusion that Amish slow tunes can be placed into three categories according to date of origin. I've dubbed these Old, Middle, and New Groups. Old Group tunes are derived from sixteenth century folk songs and Reformation era hymns. Middle Group tunes are, for the most part, based on later German chorales and New Group tunes have been adapted from early American hymn tunes. I begin this article with a brief summary of earlier research on Amish slow tunes, then give an overview of current Notabücher, their compilers, and layout. Next, characteristics of each tune category are given, with musical examples. Lastly, the Notabuch survey appears in chart form.
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    Amish Settlements across America: 2013
    (Ohio State University. Libraries, 2013-10) Donnermeyer, Joseph F.; Luthy, David
    This short research report is based upon previous editions of “Amish Settlements across North America,” which was published periodically in Family Life. It accounts for new settlements founded since the last edition (2008), as well as settlements which are recently extinct. The information is presented in a series of six tables, including a list of all Amish settlements as of September 30, 2013 (Table 1). Table 2 summarizes the number of settlements and church districts in each state, while Tables 3 and 4 shows trends in settlement increases, decade by decade, since 1900. Table 5 is a list of settlements which became extinct between 2009 and September 30, 2013. Finally, Table 6 describes 15 facts about Amish settlements – past and present – plus, a projection about future settlement growth. We include a map showing the geographic distribution of settlements across Canada and the United States.
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    Back Matter
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