Seyfried, Johann (16th century)

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Johann Seyfried, a preacher at the Lutheran church of St. George in Augsburg, Germany, was tolerant to the Anabaptists in the city and was one of the few clergymen of the Reformation period to defend them. He is reported to have frequently said from the pulpit, "One finds nowhere in the Scripture that the Anabaptists should be punished to the extent to which they are punished" (Literaliensammlung des Augsburger Stadtarchivs, 4 July 1528). When Martin Zehentmaier was heard by the council of Augsburg on 27 November 1528, he asserted that he had conversed with Master Hans Seyfried; he did not condemn rebaptism, but said if anyone came to him desiring rebaptism, he would rather baptize him himself.


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

Roth, Fr. "Zur Geschichte der Wiedertäufer in Oberschwaben." Zeitschrift des Historischen Vereins für Schwaben und Neuburg 28 (1901): 86.

Author(s) Christian Hege
Date Published 1959

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Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 508. All rights reserved.

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