Barbara (16th century)

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Barbara, "a prophetess" of the Strasbourg Anabaptists, whose visions and prophecies, chiefly centered around Melchior Hoffman, created a considerable stir. Barbara was the wife of Hans Kropf and the sister-in-law of Pilgram Marpeck. Hulshof says of her, "Barbara won a great name for herself among the prophetesses." Frans van Hasebroek of Flanders declared in April 1534 at his trial, that he had gone to her house, "had heard of her in the Netherlands, how she performs miracles, therefore he had gone to her." Obbe Philips, in his confession, mentions some of her prophecies.


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Author(s) Christian Neff
Date Published 1953

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