Schwebel, Johannes (1490-1540)

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Johannes Schwebel (1490-1540), the reformer of Zweibrücken, a town in the Palatinate, Germany, served on the Ebernburg from June to October 1522, was then pastor in Landstuhl, the residential town of Franz von Sickingen, and then in Zweibrücken from April 1523 until his death. In 1532 he felt himself compelled to take up strenuous battle with Anabaptist views. He became involved in a dispute with Georg Pistor, his colleague in Ernstweiler, who was favorably inclined toward the Anabaptists, in consequence of which Pistor had to leave Zweibrücken. But the Anabaptist movement was not wiped out. Several years later a Christian Schuhmacher and a certain Nader were forced to recant their Anabaptist views. Schwebel was also used in other places in the suppression of the Anabaptists. He wrote the book, Eine freundliche Vermahnung und Unterricht an etlich, die des Wiedertaufs verdachtig sind in Bischweiler (1535?).


Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon, 4 vols. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe: Schneider, 1913-1967: v. IV, 125-126.

Jung, Fr. Johannes Schwebel, der Reformator von Zweibrücken. Kaiserslautem, 1910.

Author(s) Christian Neff
Date Published 1959

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