Donald B. Kraybill, Ph.D.

Distinguished College Professor and Senior Fellow,
Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies
Joint appt., Sociology and Religious Studies departments

The Young Center, Elizabethtown College
One Alpha Drive, Elizabethtown, PA 17022

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Curriculum Vita [pdf]



Current and Recent Research

Young Center Books:
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Young Center for Anabaptist  and Pietist Studies

Amish Studies web site


The Upside-Down Kingdom

Donald B. Kraybill

Herald Press

25th Anniversary edition / 2003 / 312 pages

With over 65,000 copies in print, readers of The Upside-Down Kingdom find a provocative study of the kingdom of God in the New Testament. In this third, 25th Anniversary Edition, author Donald B. Kraybill not only gives his unique perspective as a sociologist with insight into ancient Hebrew culture; he also incorporates the most recent New Testament scholarly analysis in a style accessible to lay readers in the church. According to Kraybill, worldly authorities seek power and prestige, but Jesus’ counter-cultural message is a clear call to turn the social ladder upside-down. Jesus demonstrates radical opposition to the dominant culture by making friends with social outcasts and rebelling against authorities. Translated into six languages, this message calls Christians from many cultures to actively participate in God’s upside-down kingdom.