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Estudios de historia moderna y contemporánea de México

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GUTIERREZ, Harim B.. Notes for a History of Jehovah's Witnesses in Mexico: The Origins, Early Dissidence and Consolidation of their Movement, 1919-1944. Estud. hist. mod. contemp. Mex [online]. 2004, n.28, pp.133-174. ISSN 0185-2620.

This article examines the origins of Jehovah's wit-nesses settlement in Mexico, since the organization of their first congregation in Mexico City in 1919 to their great assemblies in 1944. It also studies two religious dissident groups: one organized around "El Ángel de Jehová" temple, formed by the Mexican followers of the Swiss religious leader Alexandre Freytag; the other one is the ephemeral Asociación Nacional de Estudiantes de la Biblia. It also suggests that the Jehovah's witnesses, a new abroad religious minority, could settle down in Mexico thanks to the conflict between the Church and the State, and to the protection the revolutionary governments gave to non-catholic Christian organizations.

Keywords : Jehovah's witnesses; Mexico; Alexandre Freytag; National Bible Students Association; protestants; State; catholic Church; revolution; religion; anticlericalism.

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