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Johann Heinrich ( "Heini ") Arnold was born 23 December 1913 in Oberbozen in the Tyrol. Heini Arnold was a son of Eberhard Arnold and Emmy (von Hollander) Arnold. He died at the Woodcrest Bruderhof, Rifton, New York on 23 July 1982. He was elder (Vorsteher) for the Society of Brothers from 13 July 1962 until his death. He was raised in Berlin, Sannerz, and the Rhönbruderhof in Germany; lived in England and at Primavera, Paraguay; then immigrated to the United States in 1955. He was married to Annemarie Wachter; they had nine children. He was confirmed as Servant of the Word (Diener am Wort) on 23 October1939, at the Cotswold Bruderhof. He was devoted to his father's early Christian witness and last request for the "uniting of genuine old Hutterianism with the attitude of faith of the Blumhardts [Johann Christoph Blumhardt, 1805-80; Christoph Blumhardt, 1842-1919] and the life-attitude of the true Youth Movement." The direction taken by members of the Paraguayan Bruderhofs led to a break with the Hutterian Brethren in western North America in 1955. After years of prayer, his humility and self-sacrifice were instrumental for the forgiveness and reuniting that took place in 1974. His love for Christ led the Bruderhof back to unity in living and proclaiming the Word, as recorded in numerous letters and transcripts of meetings. His most important works (all published by Plough Publishing at Rifton, New York) are: Freedom from Sinful Thoughts: Christ Alone Breaks the Curse (1973) (= Freiheit von Gedankensünden: Nur Christus bricht den Fluch, 1973); editor, with Annemarie Arnold, of Eberhard and Emmy Arnold, Seeking for the Kingdom of God: Origins of the Bruderhof Communities (1974); In the Image of God: Marriage and Chastity in Christian Life (1977); Purity of Childhood (1973); Man the Image of God and Modern Psychology (1973); Living in Community: A Way to True Brotherhood (1974), with Annemarie Arnold (= Gemeinsames Leben, ein Weg zu waterer Brüderlichkeit, 1977); Gifts and Saving Grace (1979).

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J. Heinrich Arnold website


Author(s) Woodcrest Bruderhof
Date Published 1987


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Woodcrest Bruderhof, . "Arnold, Johann Heinrich ("Heini") (1913-1982)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1987. Web. 22 Sep 2014. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Arnold,_Johann_Heinrich_(%22Heini%22)_(1913-1982)&oldid=74948.

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Woodcrest Bruderhof, . (1987). Arnold, Johann Heinrich ("Heini") (1913-1982). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 22 September 2014, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Arnold,_Johann_Heinrich_(%22Heini%22)_(1913-1982)&oldid=74948.




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