Small German town near Moers in the state of North Rhine-Westfalia / Lutheran from 1560, Reformed after 1579 / 1600-1702 Dutch, 1702-94 Prussian, 1794-1814 French, 1814-1918 Prussian / 1817 United Evangelical Church in the Rhineland / 1845 founding of an association for the education of poor and abandoned children by pastor Andreas Bräm (1797-1882) from Basel; one of the four fathers of Diaconal Service along with Fliedner in Kaiserswerth (1836) and the Lutherans Francke in Halle (1698) and Wichern in Hamburg (1833) / 1888 founding of the Publishing House Bookshop by the educational association, 1983 changed into Verlagsgesellschaft, from 2010 Neukirchener Theologie and Neukirchener Aussaat / since 1889 the Neukirchener Kalender, from 1964 Biblische Kommentar zum Alten Testament BKAT

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