Eberhard Arnold (26 July 1883 – 22 November 1935) was a German theologian and Christian writer. He was the founder of the Bruderhof in 1920.
Arnold was born in Königsberg, East Prussia, Germany, the third child of Carl Franklin and Elizabeth (Voight) Arnold. His father was a doctor of theology and philosophy, and his paternal grandfather was a pastor and missionary of the Evangelical State Church of Prussia’s older Provinces. Eberhard Arnold’s life as a youth was unconventional. In 1899 at age 16, Arnold experienced an inner change, which he acknowledged as God’s acceptance and the forgiveness of sins, and felt a calling to “go and witness to my truth.”