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Schelben, a shoemaker of Schlicht in the Upper Palatinate, Bavaria, Germany, was considered as belonging to the Anabaptists with his wife and children. For seven years, says the court record, this family "partook of communion only in the spirit when they broke bread at home with their children, because Christ's body and blood were in heaven, and with us only in the spirit." They were expelled in 1535. On 23 May 1534, the Count Palatine had ordered this mild penalty "for this sect without loss of life." There were only isolated Anabaptists in the Upper Palatinate.


Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon. 4 v. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe: Schneider, 1913-1967: v. IV, 52.

Lippert, Fr. Die Reformation in Kirche, Sitte und Schule der Oberpfalz. 1520-1620: 27.

Author(s) Wilhelm Wiswedel
Date Published 1959

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