Mennonite Life (Periodical)

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Mennonite Life is a 48-page illustrated quarterly magazine, published by Bethel College, North Newton, KS, "in the interest of the best in the religious, social, and economic phases of Mennonite culture." The magazine, begun in January 1946, presents Mennonite principles, doctrines, culture, and history in a popular and illustrated form based on thorough research, to readers in all Mennonite groups and branches the world over. A large staff of co-workers contributes articles from all parts of the world where Mennonites reside, and the resources of the Mennonite Library and Archives at Bethel College are constantly used to illustrate and check contributions. During the first ten years of publication over 3,000 ilustrations appeared on its pages, most of which had never before appeared in print and were rather unique. Many works of Mennonite artists, poets, and writers of fiction have been published. Annually in April all books and articles dealing with Anabaptist-Mennonites published during the preceding year are listed under the title "Mennonite Bibliography." The same issue publishes reports on "Mennonite Research in Progress" in the field of Mennonite beliefs, history, culture, etc. The issue of January 1956 contained an exhaustive index of authors, titles, and topics for the first ten years (1946-55). The circulation of the magazine ranged between 2,000 and 3,000 in the 1950s, but an edition of 4,000 was printed in the 1950s. The issue during the first year (1946) was semiannual.

Mennonite Life is published by Bethel College under the auspices of an executive board. The chief responsibility of the editorial work rested with the editor, Cornelius Krahn (1946-1971), and John F. Schmidt, assistant editor (1947-). Among the associate editors and contributors the most active in the 1950s were J. W. Fretz, Melvin Gingerich, Erland Waltner, M. S. Harder, and Andrew Shelly. The subscription price was $2.00 into the 1950s.

In 2000 Mennonite Life ceased print publication, but continued as an online journal.


Mennonite Life website

Additional Information

Website: Mennonite Life

Author(s) Cornelius Krahn
Date Published 1957

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Krahn, Cornelius. "Mennonite Life (Periodical)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1957. Web. 21 May 2024.

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Krahn, Cornelius. (1957). Mennonite Life (Periodical). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 21 May 2024, from


Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 3, pp. 631-632. All rights reserved.

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