Bekentenisse Obbe Philipsz (ca. 1560)

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The Bekentenisse Obbe Philipsz (Confession of Obbe Philips) is the writing of the well-known Dutch Anabaptist elder Obbe Philips, in which he renounces his office. The full title reads as follows: Bekentenisse Obbe Philipsz, waer mede hij verclaert sijn Predick-ampt sonder wettelicke beroepinghe gebruyckt te hebben, beclaeght hem dies, en waerschuwet eenen yeders. In this booklet, supposedly written about 1560, in which he gives many particulars on the original Anabaptist movement in the Netherlands, the author declares that he has left the (Anabaptist) brotherhood ("he left his office and took leave of the brethren") because he could no longer believe that this church or any other visible church was the church of God. The booklet was printed in Amsterdam, 1584, by Cornelis Claesz. The editor, an unknown Calvinist, wrote a lengthy but unimportant preface. A second edition (without year) and a third edition of 1609 appeared in Amsterdam, and in 1658 it was printed in Beginsel en Voortganck. There has also been a French translation, Obbe Philippe Reconnaissance (Leiden, 1595), but this French edition is lost. Samuel Cramer edited a new edition with an important introduction (Bibliotheca Reformatoria Neerlandica VII, 88-138). In Mennonite Quarterly Review, April 1947, 120-22, Leonard Verduin mentions an ancient version of Obbe Philips’ Confession.

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Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1953

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Zijpp, Nanne van der. "Bekentenisse Obbe Philipsz (ca. 1560)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1953. Web. 18 Apr 2024.

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Zijpp, Nanne van der. (1953). Bekentenisse Obbe Philipsz (ca. 1560). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 18 April 2024, from


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