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Marpeck: A Life of Dissent and Conformity

Marpeck: A Life of Dissent and Conformity

By authors: Walter Klaassen, William Klassen
Product Code: 9423
ISBN: 9780836194234
Pages: 424
Binding Information: HardCover

Publication Date: 9/24/2008
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During the 16th 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. Walter Klaassen and William Klassen, editors of The Writings of Pilgram Marpeck, have deeply mined Marpeck’s writing and dialogue with other Reformation leaders. They place his life, work, and theology in the context of his violent, changing times. This thorough biography shows how Marpeck, perhaps more than any other early Anabaptist figure, helped lay the theoretical and practical foundations of the believers church.

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Abbreviations . . . 15
Foreword by Steven M. Nolt . . . 17
Preface . . . 19
Introduction . . . 23

1. Turmoil in Tirol . . . 39
The Reformation begins 41; Centres of agitation 47; Rebellion in the Tirol 49; Preparing the way for Marpeck 53.

2. Entrepreneur and Imperial Official . . . 55
Marpeck’s early years 55; Civic official and mining entrepreneur 61; Challenges of mining 65; Stefan Castenbaur 67; A defining time in Marpeck’s life 72.

3. The Hammer Descends . . . 75
Wrath of Archduke Ferdinand 75; Marpeck as Castenbaur mediator 82; Marpeck’s changing theology 91.

4. Years of Transformation . . . 93
Reform priests imprisoned, executed 93; Hunting Anabaptists 96; Marpeck disobeys church and state 97; His wife dies 103; Marpeck slips away from Rattenberg 104.

5. Baptism and Commission . . . 107
New life and new wife in Bohemia 109; Baptized and commissioned as an Anabaptist leader 111; Ferdinand starts searching 113; Pilgram and Anna leave for Strasbourg 115.

6. Citizen of Strasbourg . . . 119
The Reformation’s impact on Strasbourg 119; Marpeck becomes a citizen 122; Marpeck begins to write 129; Five radicals move to Strasbourg 130.

7. Defender of the Faith . . . 133
Printing press revolutionizes communication 133; Marpeck’s first two books challenge ‘the false prophets’ 141; Caspar Schwenckfeld becomes Marpeck’s main theological opponent 144.

8. Redefining Church and State . . . 149
Marpeck is hired to manage timber resources 149; He also works with Anabaptist refugees 153; The Exposé of the Babylonian Whore advocates the separation of church and state, and nonviolence 158.

9. A Very Public Confrontation . . . 165
Marpeck trades accusations with Strasbourg’s leading Reformer, Martin Bucer 166; Council rules he is a danger to the city 172; Marpeck writes his Confession of Faith 174; Bucer and Marpeck’s influence 178; Pilgram and Anna leave for Switzerland 180.

10. Retreat to the Hills . . . 183
Marpecks move to Canton Appenzell 185; Militant Anabaptists gain power in Münster 188; Crackdown on Anabaptists across the empire 189; Marpeck is hired to produce linen 190; He begins collaborating with Leupold Scharnschlager 193.

11. Focus on the Sacraments . . . 201
Marpeck and Scharnschlager write the Admontion to try to unify Anabaptists 202; Their views of the Old and New Testaments, baptism, the Lord’s Supper 203; Schwenckfeld and Marpeck begin a longlasting and very personal feud 210.

12. Seeking to Reunite Anabaptists . . . 215
Marpeck tries to reunite Anabaptists in Moravia 215; Meeting with Hutterites 219; Angry exchanges with the Swiss Brethren 222; Swearing of oaths 227.

13. Arrival in Augsburg . . . 231
Pilgram and Anna move to Augsburg 231; He begins his largest work, the Response 233; Continuing tensions with Schwenckfeld 235; Professional and domestic life 237; Anna as a woman of her time 240.

14. Daughters Shall Prophesy . . . 245
Outspoken women influence Anabaptists 245; Helena von Freyberg becomes an Anabaptist leader 248; She recants and moves to Augsburg, where she resumes Anabaptism 250; The Kunstbuch’s only recorded confession by a woman 253; Equality and discipline in the Marpeck community 258.

15. From Rogue to Faithful Follower . . . 261
Jörg Maler is arrested for assault and convicted 261; He commits his life to Anabaptism 262; Arrested and tortured, he goes to Switzerland and links up with Marpeck 265; Maler keeps trying to return to Augsburg 267; After Marpeck dies, he compiles the writings of the Marpeck community 272.

16. Works Amid War and Intrigue . . . 273
Twenty years of trouble for Anabaptists in Augsburg 273; Political divisions lead to Schmalcald War 276; Events prompt second edition of the Exposé 278; Writings on the love and freedom of Christ 281; Tensions mount, leading to war 284.

17. Anabaptist Vulnerability Increases . . . 287
The Schmalcald War between Protestants and Catholics 287; Impact of Charles V’s victory 289; Diet of Augsburg fails to settle religious discord 293; Marpeck writes The Deep Humility of Christ on the causes of war 296.

18. Engineer by Day, Theologian by Night . . . 301
Marpeck becomes senior engineer for Augsburg 301; Some spectacular failures 302; He remains highly regarded and not harassed 304; Marpeck’s views about government 305; The Explanation of the Testaments 308; Civic life remains polarized 314.

19. Unsettled, Discouraging Times . . . 315
Ferdinand arrives in Augsburg for the Imperial Diet of 1550 315; Turmoil grows inside the empire and beyond 316; Opposition to Anabaptists intensifies 317; Marpeck writes as power seesaws back and forth in Augsburg 321.

20. Marpeck’s Final Years . . . 327
Peace of Augsburg of 1555 lays the foundation for the Thirty Years War 328; Marpeck’s last letter, on the humanity of Christ 330; He dies in 1556 and is buried in an unconsecrated cemetery 337.

21. A Full and Meaningful Life . . . 341
A review of Marpeck’s life and theology 341; His vision of discipleship 347; His message for today 348.

Epilogue: Marpeck’s Legacy . . . 351
Marpeck in the dissenter tradition 351; The Kunstbuch, an important legacy of Marpeck’s theology 353; The Marpeck circle disappears but its theology lives on 355.

Appendix A: The Response . . . 359
Appendix B: The Kunstbuch . . . 367
Bibliography . . . 379
Scripture Index . . . 413
Subject Index . . . 415
The Authors . . . 423


Klaassen and Klassen have provided a readable text which details not only the life of Pilgram Marpeck but provides the contextual setting, the economic and social environment, in which he lived out his faith. This biography will be an essential part of any Anabaptist library as it provides the student of Anabaptist history with the most comprehensive work on the life of Pilgram Marpeck to date.

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