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Nikolaus Thomae (Nicolaus Sigelsbach) (1492-?), pastor in Bergzabern, Palatinate, Germany, a close friend of Johannes Oecolampadius in Basel and of Johannes Bader in Landau. He engaged in a debate with Hans Denck, and wrote a detailed report about this encounter in an important letter to Oecolampadius on 11 April 1527. He spent a week in Strasbourg and discussed sixteen difficult points, especially the matter of baptism, with Capito and Bucer. He had frequent contacts with Anabaptists, with whom he "associated on a friendly basis, for they are God-fearing and brave people" (Gelbert), as he wrote to his friend Conrad Hubert, 28 January 1529. Thomae was not a great scholar. His Latin was not exact. Anabaptists like Hans Denck and Ludwig Haetzer far surpassed Thomae in their mastery of the ancient languages.

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Stähelin, Ernst. Briefe und Akten zum Leben Oeholampads I. Leipzig, 1927: 337 and 335 ff.

Stähelin, Ernst. Briefe und Akten zum Leben Oeholampads II. Leipzig, 1934: 51 ff., 894.

Stähelin, Ernst. Das theologische Lebenswerk Oeholampads. Leipzig, 1939.

Teufel, Eberhard. "Täufer-tum und Quäkertum." Theologische Rundschau XIII (1941): 184.

Author(s) Eberhard Teufel
Date Published 1959

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Teufel, Eberhard. (1959). Thomae, Nikolaus (1492-?). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 22 May 2017, from,_Nikolaus_(1492-%3F)&oldid=146254.

Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 714. All rights reserved.

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