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Schwärmer, a derogatory term for the Anabaptists, used by the Reformers and the official church historians mainly in Lutheran lands, best translated as "enthusiasts", with the connotation of "fanatics." The real Schwärmer of the 16th century were the Inspirationists who relied on inner inspirations and visions, such as the Zwickau Prophets, Thomas Müntzer, and David Joris.

Author(s) Robert Friedmann
Date Published 1959

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Friedmann, Robert. "Schwärmer." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1959. Web. 29 May 2016.

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Friedmann, Robert. (1959). Schwärmer. Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 29 May 2016, from

Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 486. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.

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