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Fijne Mennisten (in Germany Feine Mennonisten, Strict Mennonites), was the designation of those Mennonites in the 18th and 19th centuries in Holland and West Prussia (Inv. Arch. Amst. II, 2, No. 767) who in opposition to the Grove Mennisten (Common Mennonites, such as Lamists and Zonists) conservatively maintained the strict old doctrines and practices of Mennonitism like avoidance (shunning), feetwashing, old-fashioned clothing, and arrangement of meetinghouses and liturgy. S. F. Rues states that there were Fijnen and still Alderfijnsten (Most Strict Ones). In the early 19th century the name was very common, but now it has completely disappeared.

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Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon, 4 vols. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe: Schneider, 1913-1967: v. I, 637.

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: II, 2, No. 767.

Rues, S. F.  Tegenwoordige staet der Doopsgezinden of Mennoniten, in de Vereenigde Nederlanden: waeragter komt een berigt van de Rynsburgers of Collegianten: beide ter vertooninge van de leer, uiterlyken toestand, en godsdienstige gebruiken dezer kerkelyke genootschappen,; nevens een verhael wegens den oorsprong en voortgang van de jongstleden geschillen der eerstgemelde, met de leeraers der Gereformeerde Kerke.  T’ Amsterdam: By F. Houttuyn, boekverkooper, 1745: 8-13.


Author(s) Christian Neff
Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1956


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Neff, Christian and Nanne van der Zijpp. "Fijne Mennisten." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1956. Web. 24 Jul 2014. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Fijne_Mennisten&oldid=107437.

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Neff, Christian and Nanne van der Zijpp. (1956). Fijne Mennisten. Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 24 July 2014, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Fijne_Mennisten&oldid=107437.




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