A Study Plan for Reading Anabaptist Sources

anabaptist-sources

For the past three years, a small group of faculty, students, and pastors in Bluffton, Ohio have been meeting weekly over coffee to discuss early Anabaptist source texts—now available in English after a century of difficult, costly, and time-consuming translating/publishing work. Many people are unaware of how many sources are now available in English beyond the basic Anabaptist classics such as the Martyrs Mirror and the writings of Menno Simons. As we prepare to commemorate the Reformation anniversaries in the coming years, this study plan offers one way for Anabaptist-identified Christians to consider their spiritual heritage. The schedule works well for a reading group but could also serve as a personal reading plan.

The study plan outlined here offers a list of Anabaptist sources translated into English, a schedule of weekly readings for working through these sources, and suggested secondary sources that shed light on the context for these readings. The schedule includes over three years of weekly selections but does not yet cover the entire list of sources. I will post updates to the schedule as we continue with our study group in Bluffton. The schedule is roughly chronological in terms of when the texts were written and/or published and ranges across the three main hearths of the European Anabaptist movements: Switzerland, Central and South Germany, and the Low Countries. The time period covered is from the early 1500’s to the early 1700’s. 

Source texts based primarily in Classics of the Radical Reformation CRR  and Anabaptist Texts in Translation ATT (in order of reading):

  1. The Sources of Swiss Anabaptism (CRR 4, Herald, 1985)
  2. Balthasar Hubmaier: Theologian of Anabaptism (CRR 5, Herald, 1989)
  3. The Legacy of Michael Sattler (CRR 1, Herald, 1973)
  4. The Essential Carlstadt (CRR 8, Herald, 1995)
  5. The Writings of Pilgram Marpeck (CRR 2, Herald, 1978)
  6. Jörg Maler’s Kunstbuch (CRR 12, Pandora, 2010)
  7. Later Writings by Pilgram Marpeck and his Circle (ATT 1, Pandora, 1999)
  8. Sources of South German/Austrian Anabaptism (CRR 10, Pandora, 2001)
  9. The Spiritual Legacy of Hans Denck (Brill, 1991)
  10. The Theologia Germanica of Martin Luther (Classics of Western Spirituality, Paulist Press, 1980).
  11. Jakob Hutter, Brotherly Faithfulness: Epistles from a Time of Persecution (ATT 5, Pandora/Plough 1979).
  12. Peter Riedemann’s Hutterite Confession of Faith (CRR 9, Herald, 1999)
  13. The Anabaptist Writings of David Joris (CRR 7, Herald, 1994)
  14. The Complete Writings of Menno Simons (Herald, 1956)
  15. The Writings of Dirk Philips (CRR 6, Herald, 1992)
  16. Biblical Concordance of the Swiss Brethren, 1540 (ATT 2, Pandora, 2001)
  17. The Earliest Hymns of the Ausbund (ATT 3, Pandora, 2003)
  18. Elizabeth’s Manly Courage: Testimonials and Songs of Martyred Anabaptist Women in the Low Countries (Marquette UP, 2001)
  19. Peter Walpot, True Surrender and Christian Community of Goods (Plough, 1957)
  20. Peter Walpot, The Christian and the Sword (Plough, 2011)
  21. Selected Hutterian Documents in Translation 1542-1654 (HBBC, 2013)
  22. Confessions of Faith in the Anabaptist Tradition (CRR 11, Pandora, 2006)
  23. Later Writings of the Swiss Brethren (ATT 7, Pandora, 2017).
  24. Hans Landis: Swiss Anabaptist Martyr in Seventeenth Century Documents (Ohio Amish Library, 2003)
  25. Peter Jansz Twisk, The Ransom of Christ (HeuleGordon, 2003)
  26. Jan Philipsz Schabaelje, The Wandering Soul (Raber’s, 1975)
  27. Andreas Ehrenpreis and Claus Felbinger, Brotherly Community, the Highest Command of Love (ATT 6, Pandora, 2006).
  28. Thieleman J. van Braght, The Bloody Theatre or Martyrs Mirror of the Defenseless Christians (Herald, 1938+)
  29. Documents of Brotherly Love: Dutch Mennonite Aid to Swiss Anabaptists, Vol. 1, 1635-1709 (Ohio Amish Library, 2007)
  30. Letters of the Amish Division (Mennonite Historical Society, 2002)
  31. Golden Apples in Silver Bowls (Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society, 1999)
  32. Prayer Book for Earnest Christians (Herald, 1997)

Additional source texts compilations to be used as supplements:

  1. George Williams, ed., Spiritual and Anabaptist Writers (Westminster, 1957) SAW
  2. Daniel Liechty, Early Anabaptist Spirituality (Paulist, 1994) EAS

The Sources of Swiss Anabaptism

  1. Introduction; Prologue, 1517; and Act 1, 1517-1518 (25-75)
  2. Act 2, 1518-1520 (76-105)
  3. Act 3, 1520-1522 (106-163)
  4. Act 4, 1522-1523 (164-274)
  5. Act 5a, 1523-1525 (275-332)
  6. Act 5b, 1523-1525 (333-416)
  7. Act 5c, 1523-1525 (416-455)
  8. Epilogue, 1525-1540 (457-526)

Background reading for The Sources of Swiss Anabaptism

Harold Bender, Conrad Grebel, c. 1498-1526: Founder of the Swiss Brethren (Herald, 1950)

Fritz Blanke, Brothers in Christ (Herald, 1961)

John D. Roth and James M. Stayer, A Companion to Anabaptism and Spiritualism, 1521-1700 (Brill 2007).

Arnold Snyder, “The Birth and Evolution of Swiss Anabaptism 1520-1530 (MQR, October 2006), also in A Companion to Anabaptism and Spiritualism, 1521-1700 (45-81)

Balthasar Hubmaier: Theologian of Anabaptism

  1. Introduction; “Eighteen Theses Concerning the Christian Life”; “An Earnest Christian Appeal to Schaffhausen”; “Theses Against Eck”; “On Heretics and Those Who Burn Them”; “Letter to Oecolampad” (15-20; 30-72)
  2. “Several Theses Concerning the Mass”; “A Public Challenge to All Believers”; “Summa of the Entire Christian Life”; “Letter to the Zurich Council” (73-92)
  3. “On the Christian Baptism of Believers” (95-149)
  4. “Recantation at Zurich”; “Interrogation and Release”; “Dialogue with Zwingli’s Baptism Book” (150-233)
  5. “Twelve Articles in Prayer Form”; “A Brief ‘Our Father’”; “Old and New Teachers on Believers Baptism” (234-274)
  6. “On Infant Baptism Against Oecolampad”; “A Brief Apologia” (275-313)
  7. “A Simple Instruction” (314-338)
  8. “A Christian Catechism” (339-365)
  9. “The Ground and Reason”; “A Form for Water Baptism”; “A Form for the Lord’s Supper” (366-371; 386-408)
  10. “On Fraternal Admonition”; “On the Christian Ban” (372-385; 409-425)
  11. “Freedom of the Will I”; “Freedom of the Will II” (426-491)
  12. “On the Sword” (492-523)
  13. “Apologia”; “Vienna Testimony”; “Rejoice, Rejoice” (524-571)

Background reading for Balthasar Hubmaier: Theologian of Anabaptism

Torsten Bergsten, Balthasar Hubmaier: Anabaptist Theologian and Martyr (Judson, 1978)

Christoph Windhorst, “Balthasar Hubmaier: Professor, Politician, Preacher” in Hans-Jürgen Goertz, ed., Profiles of Radical Reformers (Herald, 1982), 144-157.

The Legacy of Michael Sattler

  1. Felix Manz’s “Letter from Prison” in Martyrs Mirror, 415 or Liechty, EAS, 17-19; Introduction; “Parting with the Strasbourg Reformers” (10-26)
  2. “The Schleitheim Brotherly Union” (27-54)
  3. “Letter to Horb”; “The Capito Letters” (55-65; 86-99)
  4. “Martyrdom” (66-85)
  5. “On Divorce”; “On the Satisfaction of Christ” (100-120)
  6. “On Two Kinds of Obedience”; “On False Prophets and Evil Overseers”; “Epistle From Melchior Rinck” (121-138)
  7. “When Christ with His Teaching True” (139-149)
  8. “How Scripture Should be Discerningly Exposited” (150-177)

Background reading for The Legacy of Michael Sattler

Arnold Snyder, The Life and Thought of Michael Sattler (Herald, 1984)

Gerald J. Mast, “The Schleitheim Brotherly Union and Swiss Brethren Separation” in Separation and the Sword in Anabaptist Persuasion (Cascadia, 2006)

 The Essential Carlstadt

  1. Introduction; “Tract on the Supreme Virtue of Gelassenheit” (17-39).
  2. “The Meaning of The Term Gelassen and Where in Holy Scripture It Is Found” (133-168).
  3. “Regarding the Worship and Homage of the Signs of the New Testament”; “Regarding Vows” (40-99).
  4. “On the Removal of Images and That There Should Be No Beggars Among Christians”; “Circular Letter…About Priests and Monks” (100-132).
  5. “Reasons Why Andreas Carlstadt Remained Silent for a Time and On the True Unfailing Calling”; “The Manifold, Singular Will of God, The Nature of Sin” (169-228).
  6. “Regarding the Two Greatest Commandments: The Love of God and of Neighbor, Matthew 22: [36-40]”; “Whether We Should Go Slowly and Avoid Offending the Weak in Matters Pertaining to God’s Will” (229-268).
  7. “Dialogue or Discussion Booklet on the Infamous and Idolatrous Abuse of the Most Blessed Sacrament of Jesus Christ”; “Regarding the Sabbath and Statutory Holy Days” (269-338).
  8. “Several Main Points of Christian Teaching Which Dr. Luther Brings Andreas Carlstadt Under Suspicion Through False Accusation and Slander”; “Apology by Dr. Andreas Carlstadt Regarding the False Charge of Insurrection Which Has Unjustly Been Made Against Him”; “On the Incarnation of Christ” (339-394).

Background Reading for The Essential Carlstadt

Calvin Pater, Karlstadt as the Father of the Baptist Movements: The Emergence of Lay Protestantism. Lewiston, New York: The Edwin Mellen Press, 1993.

Ronald J. Sider, Andreas Bodenstein von Karlstadt: The Development of His Thought 1517-1525. Leiden: E. J. Brill, 1974.

  1. “Sermon to the Princes” (Thomas Müntzer)

Sources for “Sermon to the Princes.”

Michael Baylor, trans. and ed., The Radical Reformation. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1991 (11-32).

Peter Matheson, trans. and ed., The Collected Writings of Thomas Müntzer. Edinburgh: T & T Clark, 1988 (226-252).

George Williams, trans. and ed., Spiritual and Anabaptist Writers. Philadelphia: The Westminster Press, 1957 (47-72).

Wu Ming presents Thomas Müntzer: Sermon to the Princes. London: Verso, 2010.

Background Reading for “Sermon to the Princes.”

Hans-Jürgen Goertz, Thomas Müntzer: Apocalyptic Mystic and Revolutionary. Edinburgh: T & T Clark, 1993.

The Writings of Pilgram Marpeck

  1. “A Clear Refutation”; “A Clear and Useful Instruction” (43-106).
  2. “Confession of 1539” (107-158).
  3. “The Admonition of 1542” (159-260)
  4. “The Admonition of 1542” (260-302).
  5. “To Caspar Schwenckfeld”; “To Helena von Streicher” (369-389).

Later Writings by Pilgram Marpeck and his Circle

  1. “Response to Caspar Schwenckfeld” (68-157).
  2. “Expose of the Babylonian Whore”; “A New Dialogue” (24-65).

Jörg Maler’s Kunstbuch: Writings of the Pilgram Marpeck Circle

  1. Prefaces 1, 2, 3, & 4; “Concerning the End Time,” Bosch (33-81).
  2. “Concerning Those Dead in Sin” (WPM: 407-417); “Concerning the Libertarians” (WPM: 402-406); “Concerning Love” (WPM: 516-520); “Concerning Unity and the Bride of Christ” (WPM: 521-527), Marpeck (83-113).
  3. “A Beginning of a True Christian Life (The Mystery of Baptism),” Hut (115-136).
  4. “Concerning Hasty Judgments and Verdicts” (WPM: 309-361); “The Cause of the Conflict” (WPM: 362-368), Marpeck (137-201).
  5. “Concerning the Grace of God, Concerning the Little Bottle”; “The Twelve Articles of the Christian Faith, Concerning the True Baptism of Christ”; “A True, Short Gospel to be Preached to the World,” Schiemer (203-267).
  6. “A Simple Prayer, Confession of Sin and Open of Confession of Faith,” Schlaffer and Frick; Interlude 1 (269-303).
  7. “Concerning the Love of God and the Cross of Christ,” Marpeck (WPM: 528-548); Interlude 2, “Whatever is Not Useful”; “An Attempt to Win Him for Christendom,” Maler; Interlude 3: “It Has Been Proclaimed to You O Mortal”; Interlude 4: “Why He Changed His Position on the Oath,” Maler (305-354).
  8. “Concerning the Humanity of Christ, Concerning the Son of Man” (WPM: 507-515), Marpeck; Interlude 5: “Jörg Maler’s Interrogation By Three Evangelical Preachers and One Dominican”; “Concerning the Service and Servants of the Church”(WPM: 549-554), Marpeck; “Gratitude for the Letter We Received”; Interlude 6: “Concerning True Patience”; “Concerning Five Fruits of Repentance” (WPM: 484-497), Marpeck; Interlude 7: “The Time Is Near” (355-402).
  9. “Congregational Order For Christ’s Members in Seven Articles”; “General Admonition and Reminder for Reformation,” Scharnschlager; “War Ordinance of the Heavenly Emperor for His Captains,” Hartmut von Cronberg; “Concerning the Comfort of Christians Under Persecution,” Hans Has von Hallstatt (403-454).
  10. “To the Whole Brotherhood,” Veh; “An Account of Faith,” Maler; “Concerning the Office of Peace,” Bosch; “Concerning the Heritage, Service, and Menstruation of Sin,” Marpeck; Interlude 8: The Athanasian Creed; Interlude 9: Prophecy of Albrecht of Gleicheisen (455-504).
  11. “Confession of Guilt,” Helena von Freyburg; “Whether a Christian Can Hold a Government Office”; “Admonition and Comfort in All Manner of Sorrow”; “An Epistle of Comfort Concerning the Love of God”; “Concerning True Faith and Common Salvation in Christ,” Scharnschlager (505-545).
  12. “Concerning the Christian and Hagarite Churches” (WPM: 390-401); “A Warning Against the Hidden Fire of the Enemy in Our Hearts” (WPM: 498-506); “Concerning the Lowliness of Christ” (WPM: 427-463), Marpeck (547-611).
  13. “To Her Improvement,” Bichel; “On the Inner Church” (WPM: 418-426); “Concerning Three Kinds of People in the Judgment and Kingdom of Christ, Concerning the Peasant Nobility” (WPM: 464-483), Marpeck (613-651).
  14. “An Epistle of Comfort”; “Confession of Faith According to Holy Scripture,” Maler; “Concerning True Godliness,” Entfelder; Interlude 10: Rhyming Maxims; “Concerning the Two Golden Calves and the Two Beasts,” Schienherr (653-726).

Background Reading for The Writings of Pilgram Marpeck and Kunstbuch

Neal Blough, Christ In Our Midst: Incarnation, Church, and Discipleship in the Theology of Pilgram Marpeck. Kitchener, Ont.: Pandora Press, 2007.

Walter Klaassen and William Klassen, Marpeck: A Life of Dissent and Conformity. Scottdale, Pa.: Herald Press, 2008.

The Spiritual Legacy of Hans Denck

  1. “Introduction”, “Biographical and Literary Landmarks”, “Denck’s Spirituality” (1-47).
  2. “Denck’s Nuremberg Confession”, “Denck’s Statement on the Nuremberg Proceedings” (51-71).
  3. “Whether God is the Cause of Evil” (72-117).
  4. “Concerning the Law of God” (118-159).
  5. “He Who Truly Loves the Truth”, “Concerning True Love” (160-203).
  6. “The Order of God” (204-241).
  7. “Denck’s Letter to Oecolampadius”, “Protestation and Confession”, “Some Propositions”, Latin Poems and Letters” (242-275).

Background Reading for The Spiritual Legacy of Hans Denck

Werner Packull, Mysticism and the Early South German-Austrian AnabaptistMovement 1525-1531. Scottdale, Pa.: Herald Press, 1977.

Sources of South German/Austrian Anabaptism

  1. Jörg Haugk von Jüchsen, “A Christian Order of a True Christian”; Hans Hut, “Comparing and Interpreting Divine Scripture”; Hans Hergot, Concerning the New Transformation of the Christian Life” (1-49).
  2. Ambrosius Spitelmaier, “Questions and Answers”; Leonhard Schiemer, “Letter to the Church at Rattenberg” (50-80).
  3. Hans Schlaffer, “A Brief Instruction for the Beginning of a Truly Christian Life” and “Confession and Defense”; Eitelhans Langenmantel, “A Sermon on Sin, Repentance, and Salvation” and “Exposition of the Lord’s Prayer” (81-120).
  4. Simon Schneeweis, “Theological Refutation of the Teachings of the Anabaptists”; Lamprecht Penntz, “Recantation Procedures”; Ursula Hellrigel, “36th Song in the Ausbund”; Hans Nadler, “Declaration”; “Refutation of Nadler” (121-154).
  5. Wolfgang Brandhuber, “Letter to the Church of God at Rattenburg”; Jorg Zaunring, “A Short Interpretation of the Last Supper”; Andreas Althamer and Johann Rurer, “Instructions Concerning Anabaptists”; Georg Gross Pfersfelder, “Concerning Persecution of the Anabaptists” (155-190).
  6. Katharina Hutter, “Testimony at Klausen”; Endres Keller, “Confession”; Urbanus Rhegius, “Justification for the Persecution of Anabaptists”; Sebastian Franck, “On the Anabaptists (191-252).
  7. “Anonymous Hutterite Leaders to Mathes Hasenhan”; “Confession of the Brethren, Taken to Trieste”; Hans Umlauft, “Letter to Stephan Rauchenecker” (253-286).
  8. Paul Glock, “Letter to his Wife Else”; “First Defense”; “Letter to Leonhard Lanzenstiel” (294-328).
  9. Paul Glock, “Letters to Peter Walpot”; “Letter to the Church in Moravia” (329-361).
  10. Walgurga von Pappenheim, “75th Song in the Ausbund”; Hans Schmidt, “Experiences” (362-380).

Background Reading for Sources of South German/Austrian Anabaptism

Werner Packull, Hutterite Beginnings: Communitarian Experiments During the Reformation. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins U. P., 1995. 

The Theologia Germanica of Martin Luther

  1. Chapters 1-10 (53-72).
  2. Chapters 11-26 (72-98).
  3. Chapters 27-41 (99-130).
  4. Chapters 42-56 (131-149).

Jakob Hutter, Brotherly Faithfulness: Epistles from a Time of Persecution

  1. Letters I-II (5-47).
  2. Letters III-IV (49-74).
  3. Letter V (75-101).
  4. Letters VI-VII (103-135).
  5. Letters VIII-IX (137-183).

Background Reading for Brotherly Faithfulness

Werner Packull, Hutterite Beginnings (especially chapters 8-10).

Peter Riedemann’s Hutterite Confession of Faith

  1. Part 1: “The Apostles Creed” (59-83).
  2. Part 1: “Faith, Creation, and the Fall into Sin”; “How People May Again Find God and His Grace” (84-118).
  3. Part 1: “The Christian Way of Life” (119-156).
  4. Part 2: “How God Desires to Have a People…”; “How the House of the Lord is Built Up” (159-180).
  5. Part 2: “Concerning the Covenant of Grace…”; “Concerning the Last Supper” (181-203).
  6. Part 2: “Concerning Oaths…”; “Concerning Governmental Authority…”; “Conclusion” (204-229).

Background Reading for Peter Riedemann’s Hutterite Confession of Faith

Werner Packull, Peter Riedemann: Shaper of the Hutterite Tradition (Pandora, 2007).

The Anabaptist Writings of David Joris

  1. “The Anonymous Biography of Joris” (31-103).
  2. “Two Songs of David Joris”; “Of the Wonderful Working of God” (105-125).
  3. “Hear, Hear, Hear, Great Wonder, Great Wonder” (126-147).
  4. “To the Praise of Our Lord…”; “Response to Hans Eisenburg”; “The Building of the Church” (149-181).
  5. “The Strasbourg Disputation, First Day and Second Day” (183-220).
  6. “The Strasbourg Disputation, Third Day” (221-245).
  7. “A Blessed Instruction for the Hungering Burdened Souls” (247-263).
  8. “Letter Concerning Martyrdom”; “The Apology to Countess Anna of Oldenburg (269-286).

Background Reading for The Anabaptist Writings of David Joris

Gary Waite, David Joris and Dutch Anabaptism, 1524-1543 (Wilfred Laurier UP, 1990).

  1. “The Ordinance of God,” Melchior Hoffman; “Confession,” Obbe Philips. Spiritual and Anabaptist Writers (184-225).

The Complete Writings of Menno Simons

  1. “The Blasphemy of John of Leiden” (31-50).
  2. “The Spiritual Resurrection” (51-62).
  3. “Meditation on the Twenty-fifth Psalm” (63-86).
  4. “The New Birth” (87-102).
  5. “Foundation of Christian Doctrine, Part I (103-142).
  6. “Foundation of Christian Doctrine, Part II (142-189).
  7. “Foundation of Christian Doctrine, Part III (190-226).
  8. “Christian Baptism” (227-287).
  9. “Why I Do Not Cease Teaching and Writing” (289-320).
  10. “The True Christian Faith, Parts I-V (321-343).
  11. “The True Christian Faith, Part VI (343-391).
  12. “The True Christian Faith, Parts VII-VIII (391-405).
  13. “A Kind Admonition on Church Discipline (407-418).
  14. “Brief Confession on the Incarnation” (419-454).
  15. “A Clear Account of Excommunication” (455-485).
  16. “Confession of the Triune God” (487-498).
  17. “Confession of the Distressed Christians” (499-522).
  18. “A Pathetic Supplication to All Magistrates”; “Brief Defense to All Theologians (523-540).
  19. “Reply to False Accusations” (541-577).
  20. “The Cross of the Saints” (579-622).
  21. “Reply to Gellius Faber, Parts I-II” (623-681).
  22. “Reply to Gellius Faber, Parts III-V” (681-734).
  23. “Reply to Gellius Faber, Parts VI-IX” (734-781).
  24. “The Incarnation of Our Lord” (783-834).
  25. “Reply to Martin Micron, Parts I-VI” (835-875).
  26. “Reply to Martin Micron, Parts VII-XI” (876-913).
  27. “Epistle to Martin Micron” (915-943).
  28. “The Nurture of Children”; “Meditations and Prayers for Mealtime” (945-958).
  29. “Instruction on Excommunication” (959-998).
  30. “Reply to Sylis and Lemke” (999-1015).
  31. “Sharp Reply to David Joris”; “Admonition to the Amsterdam Melchiorites”; “Earnest Epistle to the Davidians” (1019-1029).
  32. “Exhortation to a Church in Prussia”; “Doctrinal Letter to the Church in Groningen”; “Sincere Appeal to Leonard Boewens’ Wife”; “The Wismar Articles”; “Instruction on Discipline to the Church at Franeker” (1030-1045).
  33. “Encouragement to Christian Believers”; “Instruction on Discipline to the Church at Emden”; “Letter of Consolation to a Sick Saint”; “Personal Note to Rein Edes and the Brethren in Waterhorne”; “Pastoral Letter to the Church at Amsterdam”; “Final Instruction on Marital Avoidance”; “Extract from a Letter” (1046-1064).
  34. “Two Hymns by Menno Simons” (1065-1070).

Background Reading for The Complete Writings of Menno Simons

Helmut Isaak, Menno Simons and the New Jerusalem (Pandora, 2006)

Sjouke Voolstra, Menno Simons: His Image and Message (Bethel College, 1997).

The Writings of Dirk Philips

  1. “Foreword to the Enchiridion”; “Confession of our Faith Concerning God”; “Our Confession Concerning the Creation, Redemption, and Salvation of Humanity” (59-71).
  2. “The Baptism of Our Lord Jesus Christ” (72-111).
  3. “The Supper of Our Lord Jesus Christ” (112-33)
  4. “The Incarnation of Our Lord Jesus Christ” (134-51).
  5. “Concerning the True Knowledge of Jesus Christ” (152-72).
  6. “An Apology or Reply” (173-97).
  7. “The Sending of Preachers or Teachers” (198-237).
  8. “The Ban” (238-54)
  9. “The True Knowledge of God” (255-63).
  10. “The Tabernacle of Moses” (264-92).
  11. “The New Birth and the New Creature” (293-315).
  12. “Concerning Spiritual Restitution” (316-49).
  13. “The Congregation of God” (350-82).
  14. “Three Admonitions” (383-425).
  15. “Answer to Sebastian Franck” (445-67).
  16. “The Frisian—Flemish Division: A. Introduction; B. Epistle to Four Cities” (468-88).
  17. “The Frisian—Flemish Division: C. A Short But Fundamental Account” (489-521).
  18. “The Frisian—Flemish Division: D. An Appendix About the Frisian—Flemish Affair; E. Related Letters” (522-51).
  19. “About the Marriage of Christians” (552-77).
  20. “Evangelical Excommunication” (578-610).
  21. “Two Additional Letters” (611-36).
  22. “Hymns” (637-46).

Background Reading for The Writings of Dirk Philips

Jacobus ten Doornkaat Koolman, Dirk Philips: Friend and Colleague of Menno Simons, 1504-1568 (Kitchener, Ont.: Pandora Press, 1998).

Biblical Concordance of the Swiss Brethren, 1540

  1. “Fear of God”; “Repentance”; “Discipleship”; “Rebirth”; “Service of God”; “Faith”; Baptism” (1-15).
  2. “Spirit”; “Persecution”; “Bearing Witness”; “Be Not Afraid”; “Patience”; “Love”; “Hope” (16-33).
  3. “Keeping Watch”; “Prayer”; “Fasting”; “Alms”; “Community”; “Righteousness”; “Mercy”; “Sacrifice”; “Concerning the Communion Meal”; “The Temple of God” (34-47).
  4. “Light”; “Wisdom”; “Humility”; “Pride”; “Treasure”; “Tree”; “Do Not Worry”; “No One Can Serve Two Masters”; “Separation”; “Do Not Depend on the Great Crowd” (48-62).
  5. “Brotherly Rebuke”; “God is Not a Respecter of Persons”; “The Kingdom of God Does Not Consist of Words”; “Servant of God”; “Concerning False Prophets and the Antichrist” (63-77).
  6. “”Sin”; “Greed”; “Wrath”; “Useless Chatter”; “Leaven”; “Offence” (77-85).
  7. “Concerning Marriage”; “Concerning Fleshly and Spiritual Whoring”; “Concerning the Desires of the Flesh”; “Excessive Eating and Drinking”; “Human Law”; “Food”; “Idols”; “Idol Sacrifices”; “Idolatrousness”; “One Should Worship God Alone” (86-95).
  8. “Weeds”; “Murder”; “Swearing”; “Political Authority”; “Judgment”; “Vengeance”; “Day of the Lord”; “God Will Repay All According to Their Deeds”; “Reward of the Pious”; “Punishment of the Godless”; “Child Rearing” (96-119).

The Earliest Hymns of the Ausbund: Some Beautiful Christian Songs Composed and Sung in the Prison at Passau, Published in 1564.

  1. Ausbund 81, Hans Betz (47-59).
  2. Ausbund 82, M. Schneider; Etliche Gesang 3; Ausbund 83 (61-69).
  3. Ausbund 84; Ausbund 85, M. Schneider; Ausbund 86; Ausbund 87, M. Schneider (70-85).
  4. Ausbund 88-92, Hans Betz (87-124).
  5. Ausbund 93-95, M. Schneider (125-42).
  6. Etliche Gesang 17, M. Schneider; Ausbund 96-98, M. Schneider (143-68).
  7. Ausbund 99, M. Schneider (169-78).
  8. Ausbund 100; Ausbund 101, M. Schneider and H. Betz (179-91).
  9. Ausbund 102-103, M. Schneider (193-215).
  10. Ausbund 104-106, H. Betz (217-46).
  11. Ausbund 107-109, H. Betz (247-83).
  12. Ausbund 110-112, H. Betz (285-311).
  13. Ausbund 113; Ausbund 114-15, Bernard Schneider (313-31).
  14. Etliche Gesang 38; Ausbund 116 (333-48).
  15. Ausbund 117-18, H. Betz (349-67).
  16. Ausbund 119, Hannβ Gärber; Ausbund 120; Ausbund 121, Hans Zimmerauer (369-88).
  17. Ausbund 122-23, H. Betz (389-405).
  18. Ausbund 124, H. Gärber; Ausbund 125 (407-28).
  19. Ausbund 126, H. Betz; Ausbund 127; Ausbund 128, H. Betz; Ausbund 129-30 (429-50).

Background Reading for The Earliest Hymns of the Ausbund

Paul M. Yoder, Elizabeth Bender, Harvey Graber, and Nelson Springer, Four Hundred Years of the Ausbund (Herald Press, 1964).

More to come!

 

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