Storch, Nikolaus (16th century)

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Nikolaus Storch, one of the "Zwickau Prophets" (see Thomas Drechsel), a weaver of Zwickau, Saxony, Germany, a member of a religious sect in Bohemia which held fanatical views concerning the Inner Word, revealed in visions and dreams. Thom­as Müntzer was deeply impressed by his un­usual knowledge of the Scripture. Storch won a large following among the common people. Sum­moned before the council of Zwickau to answer for his teaching, he left Zwickau in December 1521 and went to Wittenberg with Drechsel and Marcus Stübner where they had a number of con­versations with Melanchthon. The Biblical basis they cited for their rejection of infant baptism confused the reformer.

But Storch did not stay in Wittenberg long. He parted from his companions and wandered through Middle Germany, especially Thuringia, preaching everywhere. In September 1522 he had a conversa­tion with Luther in Wittenberg, chiefly on the sub­ject of infant baptism. In 1524 he was for a short time in Strasbourg. In Hof he stayed longer. He may then have turned to South Germany. All trace of him is lost. In 1536 he was reported to be back in Zwickau. At any rate he remained quiet; his role was finished. He advised his followers to have them­selves rebaptized. Did they do so? There is no evi­dence that either he himself or his followers were rebaptized.


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Author(s) Christian Neff
Date Published 1959

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