Get this from a library the ephrata commune an early american counterculture e gordon alderfer. Title the ephrata commune an early american counterculture date 1985 identifier 31735039418821 extent xiii 273 p 24 cm place of publication. The ephrata commune an early american counterculture by eg alderfer tells of the founding and subsequent history of ephrata a mystical religious community that flourished in eastern pennsylvania in the mid eighteenth century its leader conrad beissel a german pietist who came to america in 1720 seeking spiritual peace and solitude . He also discusses american religious and communal movements of later times in the light of the ephrata experience his is the first history of the community to provide extensive documentation including analysis of many surviving manuscripts and books written at ephratabralthough the commune died out in the nineteenth century the site and . The ephrata cloister a sabbatarian commune in colonial pennsylvania in this article i will recount the story of conrad beissel and the ephrata commune a fascinating episode in sabbatarian history the ephrata commune an early american counterculture university of pittsburgh press pittsburgh pennsylvania
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