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Jakob Ellenberger, minister of the Mennonite congregation at Friedelsheim, Germany, born 18 October 1800, at Gönnheim, Palatinate, died 8 February 1879, attended the pietistic school in Beuggen, Baden, 1824-1829, taught the Mennonite children at Friedelsheim after passing his examination at the normal school at Kaiserslautern, was chosen preacher in 1832 and ordained at a conference at Weierhof by J. Molenaar of Krefeld, and served the Friedelsheim congregation with great blessing until his death. He helped to formulate the Palatine catechism, the Formularbuch, and the hymnal of 1832 and 1854. In addition he compiled the book of tunes (see Choral Books), and sponsored the development of singing in his church by organizing a men’s choir. Both Jakob Ellenberger of Friedelsheim and Heinrich Ellenberger, preacher at Eppstein, received subsidies from the Amsterdam congregation.


Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon, 4 vols. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe: Schneider, 1913-1967: v. I, 552.

Hoop Scheffer, Jacob Gijsbert de. Inventaris der Archiefstukken berustende bij de Vereenigde Doopsgezinde Gemeente to Amsterdam, 2 vols. Amsterdam: Uitgegeven en ten geschenke aangeboden door den Kerkeraad dier Gemeente, 1883-1884: I, Nos. 1S45 f., 1549; II, 2742-45.

Jakob Ellenberger. Frankfurt, 1879.

Author(s) Christian Neff
Date Published 1956

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