Monday, August 25, 2014

Rutherford Era

If we’re to write a history of the Rutherford years we will need some significant support. I don’t mean money. I mean documentation. It may seem that there is a huge amount of that, but there are huge gaps in significant areas. And there are many wrong or simply misleading claims.

We would need personal letters of any Bible Student or Witness from the 1916-1942 era no matter how insignificant they may appear.

We have a very limited number of Rutherford’s letters. We would need many more.

We have one Witness diary from the Rutherford Era. There must be more.

Anything at all, no matter how insignificant it may seem is important.

If you want us to continue into the Rutherford Era, we will need to see what you have. Send us scans. Start now.

There are no guarantees. Mr. Schulz is oldish and infirm. I’ve outlived my “expiration date” by nearly 17 years. If you’ve read my personal blog, you already know that. So time and circumstance may end our writing. But we’re optimistic.

Send us stuff.


Semer said...

In the book we can read about a lot of people, groups and works that influenced Russell.
Would it be correct to say that in Rutherford era the system of beliefs of the movement became more original?

Sha'el, Princess of Pixies said...

Some of the specific applications made by Rutherford to Witnesses are original I guess. But the pattern of application is borrowed from a 19th Century commentary on Revelation.

What is unique in the Rutherford era is the doctrinal mix and the eccesiastical structure.

Semer said...

Thank you. I had the impression that in that era the movement wasn't so open to contacts and influences as before. Do you know the author or the title of that commentary?