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Johannes Müller (1598-1672), a Lutheran preacher and theologian, wrote while he was in Hamburg, Germany, the book Anabaptismus. Das ist: Wiedertauffer Irthumb, wie dieselbige in der Mennisten Glaubens Bekändtnis zu Hoorn gedrucket, an den Tag gegeben, vnd zu verführung einfältiger Christen ausgestrewet werden (Hamburg, 1645; second ed. Hamburg, 1668; third ed. Lübeck-Leipzig, 1695). The immediate occasion for writing this book was the transfer of a member of the state church to the Mennonites. The book dealt with the 33 articles of the confession of faith drawn up by the Old Frisian leaders P. J. Twisck and Sywaert Pietersz and found in the preface of the Groot Offerboek (i.e., Historie der Warachtighe getuygen Jesu Christi . . . , Hoorn, 1617). A separate edition of this confession was edited and published in Hoorn 1620, and is also found in van Braght's Martyrs Mirror. From the 33 articles Müller extracted 26 errors. Though his theological equipment is obviously superior, the book was not an adequate refutation, but a polemic, which though correct on a few points (such as original sin) did not understand the Biblicistic concern of the Mennonites. The effects of this refutation are not known.

Bibliography

Braght, Thieleman J. van. Het Bloedigh Tooneel of Martelaers Spiegel der Doopsgesinde of Weereloose Christenen, Die om 't getuygenis van Jesus haren Salighmaker geleden hebben ende gedood zijn van Christi tijd of tot desen tijd toe. Den Tweeden Druk. Amsterdam: Hieronymus Sweerts, …, 1685. Part II: 409-450.

Braght, Thieleman J. van. The Bloody Theatre or Martyrs' Mirror of the Defenseless Christians Who Baptized Only upon Confession of Faith and Who Suffered and Died for the Testimony of Jesus Their Saviour . . . to the Year A.D. 1660. Scottdale, PA: Herald Press, 1951: 373-490. Available online at: http://www.homecomers.org/mirror/index.htm.

Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon, 4 v. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe: Schneider, 1913-1967: v. III, 179.

Roosen, B. C. "Kurze Zusammenfassung der Geschichte der Hamburg-Altonaer Mennoniten-Gemeinden."Zeitschrift für Hamburgische Geschichte 3 (1848): 78-108.


Author(s) Otto Schowalter
Date Published 1957


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Schowalter, Otto. "Müller, Johannes (1598-1672)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1957. Web. 29 Aug 2014. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=M%C3%BCller,_Johannes_(1598-1672)&oldid=100258.

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Schowalter, Otto. (1957). Müller, Johannes (1598-1672). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 29 August 2014, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=M%C3%BCller,_Johannes_(1598-1672)&oldid=100258.




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