Marcus, Pieter (d. before 1685)

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Pieter Marcus (Marcusz), was a preacher and elder of the High German Mennonite congregation meeting at the Barrevoetersteeg at Haarlem, Holland, and later of the united Flemish-Frisian-High German congregation (Vlaemschen Blok) on Klein Heiligland at Haarlem. He was a bitter opponent of Galenus Abrahamsz and of Collegiant principles. As a representative of the Haarlem congregation at the Leiden Flemish conference of June 1660, he was one of the four men appointed to draw up a common confession out of the four Dutch confessions (Olyftack 1626, Jan Cents confession 1630, Dordrecht confession 1632, and Concept of Cologne), which, however, never came into being. Pieter Marcus was also one of the delegates sent by this conference to Amsterdam to depose Abrahamsz and Spruyt from their offices, without result however. Soon thereupon the "Lammerenkrijgh" (War of the Lambs) broke out, which in 1664 divided the Flemish Mennonites into Lamists and Zonists. Pieter Marcus sided with the Zonists, and in 1671, when the Flemish congregation at Haarlem was also divided, he and Isaac Snep were in the conservative wing.

Concerning the life of Pieter Marcus no data were available. He died before 1685.


Cate, Steven Blaupot ten. Geschiedenis der Doopsgezinden in Holland, Zeeland, Utrecht en Gelderland. 2 v. Amsterdam: P.N. van Kampen, 1847: I, 345.

Doopsgezinde Bijdragen (1863): 132, 137.

Meihuizen, H. W. Galenus Abrahamsz, 1622-1706: strijder voor een onbeperkte verdraagzaamheid en verdediger van het Doperse spiritualisme. Haarlem : H.D. Tjeenk Willink, 1954: 72.

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1957

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van der Zijpp, Nanne. "Marcus, Pieter (d. before 1685)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1957. Web. 16 Jun 2021.,_Pieter_(d._before_1685)&oldid=58245.

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van der Zijpp, Nanne. (1957). Marcus, Pieter (d. before 1685). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 16 June 2021, from,_Pieter_(d._before_1685)&oldid=58245.


Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 3, p. 477. All rights reserved.

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