Nabels, Eduard (17th century)

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Eduard Nabels was a physician and an elder of the United Waterlander and High German congregation at Rotterdam, Holland, serving from before 1620 until after 1647. He served in a stirring period of the Rotterdam congregation, in which there was a quarrel between the Waterlander group and the former High Germans, which led to the departure of most High Germans in 1636. They took vigorous action against Nabels for laxity in maintaining the practice of banning and in the matter of mixed marriages, as well as for unorthodoxy in the doctrine of the Incarnation. Nabels was also active outside his Rotterdam congregation. In 1629 he secured a privilege of exemption from the office of sheriff for the Waterlander Mennonites in Holland. In 1626 he sided with Nittert Obbesz, who was then involved in a quarrel with the Amsterdam Waterlander preachers and Hans de Ries.


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Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1957

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