Küntsche, Hans Friedrich (d. 1659)

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Hans Friedrich Küntsche (Küentsche), originally of Württemberg, Germany (according to Bossert the name must have been Kundscher or Kundscheer, named in the records of 1609), was a Hutterite brother who served as a preacher from 1641 and died 1659 in Kesselsdorf, Slovakia. He was the most outstanding author of (written) sermons, usually called Vorreden and Lehren by the Hutterites (see Sermons, Hutterites). He more than anyone else promoted the system of writing down sermons for each Sunday and other occasions. The Klein-Geschichtsbuch mentions frequently "pious and inspired teachers at Gesselsdoff" who produced sermons, excerpts of which Johannes Waldner inserted in his chronicle (Zieglschmid, 204-221). The modern Hutterites in Canada still have some of the original sermon-notebooks signed "H. F. K.," containing sermons on Isaiah 9 (no year), Isaiah 11 (1650), Isaiah 49 (1655), Isaiah 58 (1658), Matthew 5 (1659), Luke 3 (1652), Acts 2 (1659; this is a set of sermons for the celebration of Pentecost, still in use today), and Romans 8 (1656). Both "teachings" on Acts 2 and Romans 8 are actually voluminous books, copied and recopied ever since. It is not impossible that many more of the existing sermons go back to this preacher, or Lehrer as he is often called. During the first period of the Hutterite stay in the Ukraine (about 1770-1810) all these numerous sermons were collected anew and put together into "sermon-collections," still extant today in western Canada and still in use. Most of them are anonymous, but one finds also not infrequently at the end notes such as "H. F. K." or "Kesselsdorf," and a year, usually between 1650 and 1660.


Bossert, Gustav. Quellen zur Geschichte der Tääufer I. Band, Herzogtum Württemberg. Leipzig: M. Heinsius, 1930.

Wolkan, Rudolf. Geschicht-Buch der Hutterischen Brüder. Macleod, AB, and Vienna, 1923, 646.

Zieglschmid, A. J. F. Das Klein-Geschichtsbuch der Hutterischen Brüüder. Philadelphia, PA: Carl Schurz Memorial Foundation, 1947.

Author(s) Robert Friedmann
Date Published 1958

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