Kessler, Johannes (1502-1574)

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Johannes Kessler was a reformer and chronicler of St. Gall, Switzerland. On his way to the University of Wittenberg at the inn "To the Black Bear" in Jena he met Martin Luther, who was returning from the Wartburg disguised as a knight. Upon his return to St. Gall, Kessler conducted Bible study classes, which were attended by the Anabaptists. A difference arose between them on the question of infant baptism, which finally led to a division. Kessler is the author of the Sabbata, a cultural and church history, in which he treats the Anabaptists with gratifying objectivity, though not with full understanding. It was published in 1866-1868, edited by Ernst Götzinger, and in 1902 by Emil Egli and Rudolph Schoch. A new edition appeared in 1945 (Zollikofer, St. Gall).


Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon, 4 vols. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe: Schneider, 1913-1967: v. II, 484.

Author(s) Christian Neff
Date Published 1957

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