The Writings of Pilgram Marpeck

Herald Press, 1978


During the sixteenth century’s tumultuous years of religious reformation and revolution, Pilgram Marpeck consistently but discreetly stood up to the ruling powers, calling for freedom of religion and separation of church and state. Coming from a background of wealth and education, he engaged in the major theological struggles of the Anabaptists, fighting for an identity built on the Bible and meaningful to the world. This book includes Marpeck’s “Confession of 1532” and “Admonition of 1542”—the longest and most detailed statement of the Anabaptists on baptism and the Lord’s Supper. Also included are 16 of his letters and the preface to his “Explanation of the Testaments.”

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Key Features

  • Explores Marpeck’s views on baptism and the Lord’s supper
  • Contains 16 letters on Anabaptism
  • Provides pictures to enhance the text


  • A Clear Refutation
  • A Clear and Useful Instruction
  • Pilgram Marpeck’s Confession of 1532
  • The Admonition of 1542
  • The Letters of Pilgram Marpeck
    • To the Strasbourg Council (1532)
    • Judgment and Decision
    • Another Letter to the Swiss Brethren (1543)
    • To Caspar Schwenckfeld (1544)
    • To Helena von Streicher (ca. 1544)
    • The Churches of Christ and of Hagar
    • Concerning the Libertarians (1544)
    • Those Dead in Sin (1545)
    • An Epistle Concerning the Heritage and Service of Sin (1545)
    • On the Inner Church (ca. 1545)
    • Concerning the Lowliness of Christ (1547)
    • Men in Judgment and the Peasant Aristocracy (1547)
    • Five Fruits of Repentance (1550)
    • To the Church in St. Gall and Appenzell (1551)
    • Concerning the Humanity of Christ (1555)
    • Concerning Love
    • The Unity of the Bride of Christ
    • Concerning the Love of God in Christ
    • The Servants and Service of the Church
  • Preface to the “Explanation of the Testaments”

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About the Editors

William Klassen is an adjunct professor and principal emeritus at St. Paul’s College, University of Waterloo, Ontario. He has been a professor of New Testament and peace studies at Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary, the University of Manitoba, Simon Fraser University, the University of Toronto, and the Ecole Biblique, Jerusalem.

Walter Klaassen is an adjunct professor in the department of history at the University of Saskatchewan. His research interests include church history, particularly of radical movements such as Anabaptism.


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