16 responses to Richard Stevick on Scholars of the Amish
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    Comment on Good stuff ... (December 2nd, 2014 at 05:37)

    Good stuff ...

    I’ve always been interested in how people come about choosing, or maybe having their life’s work CHOSEN for them. I hope you further develop this series on the scholars of the Amish.

    I think I have your email address somewhere, unless it has changed in the past couple of years. If I can find it I’ll have to send you a recounting of how I first became interested in the Amish & how I came to have my first significant “Amish experience”. I think that you will get a kick out of them; especially the latter.

    After reading your story of how you earned your Amish friends respect it validates how extremely odd my experience was.

    Glad you are doing these AA articles / postings. I know they will add a great deal to an already strong site,

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    Rich Stevick
    Comment on My email address (December 2nd, 2014 at 09:28)

    My email address

    Erik, If anybody else from AA asks for my email address, please feel free to give it to them. The only reason I don’t want to provide it publicly is to avoid spam and scams. Machs goot, Erik. Rich

    P.S. I’ll probably do a AA travel guide to our new area, Holmes/Wayne/Stark counties, Ohio next–subject to change/whim. Also, if any readers have ideas/questions for future blogs, I would be glad to see them. RAS

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    Char N.
    Comment on Richard Stevick on Scholars of the Amish (December 2nd, 2014 at 09:32)

    Thank you for your analysis of these works. I own most of them already, and plan to read them all one of these days. (my reading backlog is huge…)

    Have you read, or are you familiar with, Unser Leit by Leroy Beachy? I would love to hear your analysis of that work as well.

    Thank you for taking the time to share with us.
    I truly wish I could come up to PA and take your course.
    It has now been added to my bucket list.

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      Rich Stevick
      Comment on RE the two volume book, Unser Leit, by Leroy Beachy (December 2nd, 2014 at 09:49)

      RE the two volume book, Unser Leit, by Leroy Beachy

      Char, You are a serious reader if you have Unser Leit. I ordered it for our class and referred to it, especially Leroy’s discussion of bed courtship (unelehe beischlof, I think)and Amish schisms–two sensitive subjects. I hope to read the whole book when I really retire, now out of print but available from the Gospel Bookstore in Berlin, OH–$70 for the pair, I think. Leroy is the only ex Old Order Amish person I know from the 1940s or 1950s who left the church but was never shunned. (The issue for him was Why can we not own a car but are allowed to ride in somebody else’s.) He said that his bishop provided no answer to that question and subsequently did not put Leroy in the Bann when he left. Leroy worked on his book for 21 years–his magnum opus. For whatever reason, Leroy did not seek any or much pre-publication feedback, a mistake which I think he now regrets. Rumor is that if he has enough years left, he will revise for increased factual accuracy and readability. But even if he doesn’t, it adds greatly to our understanding of the history and culture of the Amish. Thanks for asking, Char. Rich

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    Char N.
    Comment on Richard Stevick on Scholars of the Amish (December 2nd, 2014 at 13:45)

    I have to admit, I have not done more than leaf through Unser Leit, but I will read it someday…

    I got interested through reading Amish fiction, but quickly formed a desire to read more scholarly works and memoirs. This site has also been a great resource. I look forward to further writings from you, and have read most of the memoirs you cited. Another notable memoir was written by Marlene Miller, an English woman who became an Amischi Frau (Grace Leads Me home).

    I am trying to teach myself PA Deitsch (I have a working knowledge of Hochdeitsch)and am finding that to be quite interesting. There are definitely multiple schools of thought on spelling. Not everyone uses the Buffington/Barba methodology. Although, you usually can navigate other spellings by sounding out the words.

    That leads me to my next question: do Amish people themselves ever learn to write in their language? My understanding is that PA Deitsch has been predominantly a spoken language. I believe English and High German are taught in school, but not PA Deitsch. I’d be interested in your comments.

    Thank you.
    Sorry Erik, not meaning to highjack the blog today, but I thought others may have similar questions.

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    Comment on Richard Stevick on Scholars of the Amish (December 2nd, 2014 at 15:11)

    I love living in the heart of the Amish Snowbird Community in Pinecraft/Sarasota Florida.

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    Al in Ky
    Comment on Richard Stevick on Scholars of the Amish (December 2nd, 2014 at 19:27)

    I really enjoyed reading about these scholars; I’ve read works by all mentioned. My question is — Are there many young (under age 40) scholars whose works we can look forward to reading?

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    Alice Mary
    Comment on Richard Stevick on Scholars of the Amish (December 3rd, 2014 at 00:11)

    Mr. Stevick Al in Ky asks an intriguing question about up and coming “younger” (or even “Youngie” 😉 )scholars of the Amish. I’ve wondered, reading your work and posts on this blog, how many students are regularly enrolled in Anabaptist studies? Are the numbers growing?
    what’s the age range?

    I hope to keep reading your work for many years to come. I’ve enjoyed (and learned much from) what I’ve read so far. Thank you.

    Alice Mary

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    Comment on Nice Read (December 3rd, 2014 at 10:52)

    Nice Read

    Thanks for posting this, Erik. Really enjoyed it.

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    Comment on Richard Stevick on Scholars of the Amish (December 3rd, 2014 at 18:53)

    This is interesting 😀

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    Jonathan Edwards
    Comment on Up and coming scholars... (December 5th, 2014 at 02:23)

    Up and coming scholars...

    A scholar without any gray hairs? And under the age of forty? And not yet mentioned? Cory Anderson comes to mind. But he isn’t known for a narrative writing style. His work focuses on sociological theory and statistical analysis. The journal he co-edits (JAPAS) is an excellent source for informative and analytical essays on the Amish and other plain Anabaptist groups.

    And what makes a person a scholar anyways?

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    Karen Johnson-Weiner
    Comment on Up and Coming Scholars (December 5th, 2014 at 09:12)

    Up and Coming Scholars

    I was amazed at the number of new scholars of Anabaptist life in evidence at the 2013 Conference on the Amish and technology. Moreover their diverse origins (e.g. scholars from Japan, the Netherlands, Israel, Italy, in addition to many regions of North America) and interests (from music to farming, special education to shopping habits) are evidence of the bright future of this field. I look forward to reading their work in coming years!

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    Don Curtis
    Comment on Amish Experts (December 8th, 2014 at 16:33)

    Amish Experts

    My son, Mark, attended the Amish 2013 Elizabethtown College Conference. He was really surprised at the interest in the Amish from all over the world. He was, also, kind of taken aback by the “Scholars of the Amish”. Not Amish scholars. There were hardly any Amish at the conference. But non-Amish scholars of the Amish. He found it rather ironic that there were all of these papers and presentations about the Amish but all by non-Amish. He found it very bizarre. Maybe the Amish should sponsor a conference, sometime, with presentations on the English by Amish scholars of the English. Hmmm. He said it wondered him how many of the presenters really had first-hand experiences of the Amish, Amish church services, life, etc. or whether their presentations were based on the research of other researchers of other researchers.

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