Krafft, Adam (1493-1553)

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Adam Krafft, Hessian reformer, became acquainted with Luther at the Leipzig disputation (1519), became a Lutheran preacher at Erfurt, returned to Fulda in 1521, then worked in Hersfeld, came in contact with Landgrave Philip, who appointed him court preacher in 1525. As such he accompanied the prince to Speyer, where he preached almost daily during the session of the diet (1526), participated in the Homburg Synod (20 October 1526), and with Lambert von Avignon he drew up the Homburg liturgy (Kirchenordnung), became chief inspector of the church in Hesse (1526-27), and was the spiritual counselor at the Hessian criminal court, where he also had to deal with the Anabaptists. He took a lenient attitude on the Anabaptist question, and observed that "a conversion of the Anabaptists can be expected when the vices of adultery and drunkenness and the like are removed." In 1527 he was appointed professor of theology at Marburg, and continued to work for the promotion of the Lutheran Reformation until his death.


Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon, 4 vols. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe: Schneider, 1913-1967: v. II, 555.

Author(s) Christian Neff
Date Published 1957

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