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Hof, a German term with various applications used to designate (1) a farm, (2) a farmyard, (3) a court, (4) a courtyard, (5) a country house or manor house, the household of a sovereign. In Anabaptist history it appears in the word Bruderhof to refer to a Hutterite household with its buildings and acreage. In German areas it is used to refer to a farm or large estate which may be occupied by one family (e.g., Althof) or by several with individually owned tracts (e.g., Branchweilerhof). Numerous congregations have been named after such Hofs (e.g., Kohlhof, Weierhof), and in South Germany many congregations began as household (Hof) meetings.


Hein, Gerhard. "The Development of the Mennonite 'Hot' of the Seventeenth Century Palatinate into the Mennonite Church of Pfalz-Rheinland Today." Mennonite Quarterly Review XXIX (1955): 188-96.

Author(s) Harold S Bender
Date Published 1959

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Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 1092. All rights reserved.

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