Postel, Wilhelm (16th century)

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Wilhelm Postel (Elias Pandocheus, pseudonym), a mystic and friend of the Anabaptists of the 16th century, used the pseudonym for reasons of personal security, wrote books advocating religious tolerance, e.g., Panthenosia (1547), was a friend of Jean Bantin of Basel, Switzerland, the physician of David Joris, of Joris himself, and of Blesdijk, the son-in-law of Joris. He testified at the trial of David Joris in 1559, but said nothing personally detrimental to Joris. He ascribed great re­ligious illumination to Joris, which had, however, been misused through the sumptuous living of the sectarian leader, who had grown wealthy from gifts of love.


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Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon, 4 vols. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe: Schneider, 1913-1967: v. III, 385.

Author(s) Eberhard Teufel
Date Published 1959

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