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Wilhelm Postel (Elias Pandocheus, pseudonym), a mystic and friend of the Anabaptists of the 16th century, used the pseudonym for reasons of personal security, wrote books advocating religious tolerance, e.g., Panthenosia (1547), was a friend of Jean Bantin of Basel, Switzerland, the physician of David Joris, of Joris himself, and of Blesdijk, the son-in-law of Joris. He testified at the trial of David Joris in 1559, but said nothing personally detrimental to Joris. He ascribed great re­ligious illumination to Joris, which had, however, been misused through the sumptuous living of the sectarian leader, who had grown wealthy from gifts of love.

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Bainton, Roland H.  "David Joris." Archiv für Reformations-geschichte, supplementary: VI  (1937).

Bainton, Roland H. in Nederlandsch Archief voor Kerkgeschiedenis XXIV, II (1931): 17 f.

Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe: Schneider, 1913-1967: v. III, 385.

Author(s) Eberhard Teufel
Date Published 1959

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Teufel, Eberhard. "Postel, Wilhelm (16th century)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1959. Web. 27 Jun 2017.,_Wilhelm_(16th_century)&oldid=96104.

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Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 206. All rights reserved.

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