Successio Anabaptistica, Dat is Babel der Wederdopers

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Successio Anabaptistica, Dat is Babel der Wederdopers, is the title of a book published by V. P. in Cologne, 1603; there was a second unaltered edition at Cologne, 1612. This book is very rare; of the first edition only three copies are extant, and four of the second. There was a copy of the second edition in the Danzig Mennonite library; the [[Amsterdam Mennonite Library (Bibliotheek en Archief van de Vereenigde Doopsgezinde Gemeente te Amsterdam)|Amsterdam Mennonite library]] has a copy of both editions. A reprint with introduction was published by Samuel Cramer in Bibliotheca Reformatoria Neerlandica VII (The Hague, 1910). Besides the Beginsel en voortganck der geschillen written some years later, this book is the only account of 16th-century Dutch Anabaptist history by a contemporary author who deals especially with various schisms among the Dutch Mennonites; it contains much information about church leaders found in no other source; therefore the book, since it is on the whole very reliable, is a valuable source, though it was written by an opponent of the Mennonites. The author was probably Simon Walraven, who married a granddaughter of Joost Buyck, burgomaster of Amsterdam, and was later a Roman Catholic priest at Kevendonk near Goch, Germany.

The motive for writing and publishing this book was a publication by the Mennonite author Jacob Pietersz van der Meulen, who wrote Successio Apostolica, Dat is Naecominghe ofte Naetredinghe der Apostelen' (Alkmaar, 1600) which attacked the Catholic Church, explaining that a true spiritual apostolic succession is found not among the Catholics but among the Mennonites. Then Walraven tried to show that among the Mennonites there was no apostolic succession but merely a "Babel of confusion."


Cramer, Samuel and Fredrik Pijper. Bibliotheca Reformatoria Neerlandica, 10 vols. The Hague: M. Nijhoff, 1903-1914

Vos, Karel. Menno Simons, 1496-1561, zijn leven en werken en zijne reformatorische denkbeelden. Leiden: E.J. Brill, 1914.

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1959

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Zijpp, Nanne van der. "Successio Anabaptistica, Dat is Babel der Wederdopers." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1959. Web. 17 Oct 2021.,_Dat_is_Babel_der_Wederdopers&oldid=169911.

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Zijpp, Nanne van der. (1959). Successio Anabaptistica, Dat is Babel der Wederdopers. Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 17 October 2021, from,_Dat_is_Babel_der_Wederdopers&oldid=169911.


Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 652. All rights reserved.

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