Brubacher, Hans (16th century)

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Hans Brubacher, an Anabaptist from Zumikon in the canton of Zürich, who was seized early in 1530 in the Zürich Unterland and cross-examined with others. His statements offer an interesting insight into the faith of the Swiss Brethren of that period. Among other things he confessed: "Since Christ has forbidden the killing of anyone, both in the old law, the Ten Commandments, and in the Gospel, a government with a Christian mind cannot kill either thieves or murderers; but according to the words of Paul, it should put these into prison until they have been taught. Furthermore, Christ said yea should be yea, and nay, nay; since we can do or have nothing of ourselves but are dearly bought, we should live thus toward each other: what one has consented to in loyalty or faith, that he should do in deeds, and not swear an oath. He has heard, been taught, and believes that the preachers of the day have never explained the Holy Scriptures and Divine Word correctly, nor correctly presented to the Christians the cup of Christ with the blood even to this day . . . and have not properly declared to the simple populace the Holy Spirit and His work, and where life comes from and much more that Christians must know." (E. Egli) Nothing more is known of him.


Egli, Emil. Die Züricher Wiedertäufer zur Reformationszeit. Zürich, 1878: 88 f..

Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon, 4 vols. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe: Schneider, 1913-1967: v. I, 276.

Author(s) Christian Neff
Date Published 1953

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Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 1, pp. 441-442. All rights reserved.

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