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Jakob Grebel (1460-1526), outstanding representative of an old patrician family of Zürich, father of Conrad Grebel, the founder of Swiss Anabaptism. He was a prominent member of the Zürich city council, and a frequent ambassador for Zürich at the Swiss Confederation meetings. While he did not agree with his son, he also did not agree with Zwingli's harsh measures toward the Anabaptists and largely because of his opposition to Zwingli was executed at Zürich on 30 October 1526 on the charge of having received illegal stipends from foreign rulers in 1520-1522.


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Author(s) Harold S Bender
Date Published 1956

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Bender, Harold S. "Grebel, Jakob (1460-1526)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1956. Web. 7 Oct 2015.,_Jakob_(1460-1526)&oldid=105653.

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Bender, Harold S. (1956). Grebel, Jakob (1460-1526). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 7 October 2015, from,_Jakob_(1460-1526)&oldid=105653.

Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 2, p. 575. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.

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