The intention of the compiler and editor becomes apparent from his own preface, ". . . It is true that external peace makes the number of those who profess Christian faith increase. But it is also true that at such times of ease for the flesh Satan insinuates to man all sorts of evil suggestions. So depraved is human nature that it cannot endure good days of ease. . . ." And thus he calls for a return to the genuine Christian way of the forefathers, to the idea of the "suffering church" in which faith and steadfastness have to be evidenced. —Part II does not show quite the same spirit, presenting material which originated 80 to 100 years later. The Anabaptists had no written or printed prayers, but now a collection of 19 prayers is introduced with these words, ". . . My intention is only this that I might help a little those who are unskilled in prayer . . ." (see Prayer-books) .Pietism). Bishop Henry Funk had the book reprinted in Pennsylvania, most likely with similar intentions and out of the same spirit. Even though no further edition came out until 1995 (and an English translation in 1999), the many old copies found in Mennonite homes in America prove the great popularity of the book. In Europe things were different: the von Mechel publishing house in Basel was still advertising the 1742 edition in 1822. Later the book was completely forgotten and is today exceedingly rare.
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Imbroich, Thomas von, Konrad Koch, Matthias Servaes, Leonard Gross, and Elizabeth Horsch Bender. Golden Apples in Silver Bowls: The Rediscovery of Redeeming Love : Translation from the Original German. Mennonite sources and documents, no. 6. Lancaster, Pa: Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society, 1999.
Friedmann, Robert. Mennonite Piety Through the Centuries. Scottdale, Pa.: Mennonite Publishing House, 1949: See Index.
Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon, 4 vols. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe; Schneider, 1913-1967: II, 197 f.
The 1745 Ephrata edition is available in full electronic text at: http://books.google.ca/books?id=KHMOAAAAQAAJ
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Friedmann, Robert. "Güldene Aepffel in Silbern Schalen." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1956. Web. 27 Jan 2015. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=G%C3%BCldene_Aepffel_in_Silbern_Schalen&oldid=81538.
Friedmann, Robert. (1956). Güldene Aepffel in Silbern Schalen. Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 27 January 2015, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=G%C3%BCldene_Aepffel_in_Silbern_Schalen&oldid=81538.
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