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Jean Taffin (1529/30-1602), a Calvinist theologian, who studied at Geneva under Calvin and Beza, French pastor at Metz, Antwerp, and Heidelberg (where he was superintendent of the Reformed church), from 1573 court chaplain of Prince William I of Orange, and 1584-1602 pastor of the French (Walloon) Reformed church at Amsterdam, attacked the Mennonites in his Instruction contre les erreurs des Anabaptistes (Haarlem, 1589), which book also was translated into Dutch: Onderwysinghe teghens de dwalinghe der Wederdooperen (Haarlem, 1590), and into German: Kurtzer Unterricht wider die Irrthumb der Wiedertäuffer (Amberg, 1597). The book contains four parts: I. Concerning the Incarnation of Christ; II. Concerning the baptism of the infants of Christians; III. Concerning the obligation, authority, and power of the magistracy; IV. Concerning the oath.

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Boer, C. Hofpredikers van Prins Willem van Oranje. Assen, 1952.

Glasius, B. Godgeleerd Nederland III. 's Hertogen-bosch, 1856: 411-13.

Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon, 4 vols. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe: Schneider, 1913-1967: v. IV, 280.

Author(s) Gerhard Hein
Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1959

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Hein, Gerhard and Nanne van der Zijpp. "Taffin, Jean (1529/30-1602)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1959. Web. 25 Mar 2017.,_Jean_(1529/30-1602)&oldid=144623.

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Hein, Gerhard and Nanne van der Zijpp. (1959). Taffin, Jean (1529/30-1602). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 25 March 2017, from,_Jean_(1529/30-1602)&oldid=144623.

Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Kitchener, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, pp. 681-682. All rights reserved.

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