Originating from a small group of Bible students led by Charles Taze Russell in the 1870s, the Watch Tower Society grew into an international society. After Russell's death in 1916, Franklin Rutherford was named his successor and gave the society a new name: "Jehovah's Witnesses." The Historical Dictionary of Jehovah's Witnesses shows how World War I & II influenced Watch Tower attitudes to civil government, armed conflict, and medical innovations like blood transfusion, as well as to mainstream churches and the development of Jehovah's Witnesses' door-to-door evangelism. The theme of prophecy, the doctrine of the 144,000, end-time calculations, Armageddon, and the Witnesses' denial of hell are all considered in the Historical Dictionary of Jehovah's Witnesses, which contains a chronology, an introductory essay, a bibliography, and 250 cross-referenced dictionary entries relating to key people and concepts.
Publisher: Scarecrow Press
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 463 g
Dimensions: 224 x 150 x 20 mm
This smart, medium-sized volume is an ideal format in which to present an impartial account. We have here a reliable and fair-minded source of information. ... This sober and well-informed dictionary should be in all collections which consider religion and beliefs. * Reference Reviews, June 2009 *
The author...has produced a work that will help a layperson understand better the Jehovah's Witnesses....This is an evenhanded, comprehensive look at the Jehovah's Witnesses and their history. It will be a good place to start studying their religion and world view. * American Reference Books Annual, August 2008 *