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Jakob Penner, an elder of the Mennonite congregation at Orlofferfelde in West Prussia, Germany, b. 1 January 1831, d. 30 January 1909, was ordained elder in 1882. The revision of the Catechism by the Mennonites of West Prussia was chiefly his responsibility; he also shared in the production of a new hymnal. A most significant contribution was the union he brought about between the Frisian and Flemish branches.


Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon. 4 v. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe; Schneider, 1913-1967: v. III, 342.

Mannhardt, H. G. Jahrbuch der Mennoniten-Gemeinden in Ost- und Westpreussen. 1883: 109.

Mennonitische Blätter (1909): 25.

Author(s) Christian Neff
Date Published 1959

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Neff, Christian. "Penner, Jakob (1831-1909)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1959. Web. 28 May 2016.,_Jakob_(1831-1909)&oldid=76950.

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Neff, Christian. (1959). Penner, Jakob (1831-1909). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 28 May 2016, from,_Jakob_(1831-1909)&oldid=76950.

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