Menno Simons and the New Jerusalem

Menno Simons and the New Jerusalem Book Reviews / Church History and Religious Culture 87 (2007) 537-588 563 H elmut I saak , Menno Simons and the New Jerusalem. Pandora Press, Kitchener 2006, 158 pp. ISBN 189471069X. CDN$ 20 / US$ 19. However much opinions of Menno Simons may have changed over the centuries one fact remains indisputable: hardly anything is known about his early life. We know that, in contrast to the vast majority of the Reformers, he switched directly from Roman Catholicism to Anabaptism without ever passing through a Protestant phase, but exactly what his relations with the Anabaptists were in the days when he was still a Catholic priest can only be a subject of speculation. Scholars have thus concentrated increasingly on the obscure period in which Menno encountered the writings of Mel- chior Hoffman and was in some way involved with the Anabaptists occupying Mün- ster. Th e disrepute into which the Anabaptist experiment so quickly fell meant that Menno would subsequently condemn it, but the influence of Hoffman is evident in many of his early (and indeed later) works, and there is indirect evidence that he was far closer to the Münsterites than he cared to admit. Even if http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Church History and Religious Culture (formerly Nederlands Archief voor Kerkgeschiedenis) Brill

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BRILL
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© 2007 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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1871-241X
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1871-2428
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10.1163/187124107X258545
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Book Reviews / Church History and Religious Culture 87 (2007) 537-588 563 H elmut I saak , Menno Simons and the New Jerusalem. Pandora Press, Kitchener 2006, 158 pp. ISBN 189471069X. CDN$ 20 / US$ 19. However much opinions of Menno Simons may have changed over the centuries one fact remains indisputable: hardly anything is known about his early life. We know that, in contrast to the vast majority of the Reformers, he switched directly from Roman Catholicism to Anabaptism without ever passing through a Protestant phase, but exactly what his relations with the Anabaptists were in the days when he was still a Catholic priest can only be a subject of speculation. Scholars have thus concentrated increasingly on the obscure period in which Menno encountered the writings of Mel- chior Hoffman and was in some way involved with the Anabaptists occupying Mün- ster. Th e disrepute into which the Anabaptist experiment so quickly fell meant that Menno would subsequently condemn it, but the influence of Hoffman is evident in many of his early (and indeed later) works, and there is indirect evidence that he was far closer to the Münsterites than he cared to admit. Even if

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Published: Jan 1, 2007

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