History of the Prayer Nut

It was made clear to me after I discovered the prayer nut that it had already been implemented in the first century. A refugee I met was a former member of an ancient Christian community in Iraq. This community of believers was founded by James, a disciple of Jesus, around 60 A.D. This community used the prayer nut since its inception. Their habit was to carry the prayer nut in a special pocket hidden in the folds of the priest’s robes and only publicly opened it during a holy church gathering. 

Through the ages the European Christian church constantly changed and not all of these adjustments were God-pleasing ones. True believers were forced to meet in secret in order to worship the living God, Creator of heaven and earth and to honor the teachings of his son, Jesus. Amidst these changes a small item survived, assisting the believer in his personal religious experience and affording the carrier a deeper relationship with God: the prayer nut. 

As early as 1500 A.D. several places in Europe were known to have artists engaged in making prayer nuts. In the Netherlands one of them was Adam Dirksz. Among the collections known to date are wooden prayer nuts of various themes exhibited in the Dutch museums of Amsterdam, Utrecht, and Uden.  Throughout Europe there are other displays in Bad Bentheim, Germany, in Copenhagen and in Moscow. 

I was inspired to design a "new" prayer nut after my visit to the ‘Rijksmuseum’ in Amsterdam in 1988.
This is to be used by our current and future generations.
© All rights reserved
Welcome What is the Prayer Nut? Why should we pray? History of the Prayer Nut Explanation to the Nut Cultural heritage Answers to prayer Workshop Ordering / Contact info
Built by: Vandingen productionshttp://www.vandingen.comshapeimage_16_link_0
the Prayer Nut Select your language:
Art works by          Wiebe van Dingen