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Menno Simons: His Life, Labors, and Teachings

by Horsch, John

Mennonite Publishing 1916

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Overview

John Horsch’s biography of Menno Simons provides an important history of the Anabaptists and early Mennonites, focusing on Menno Simons’ life and works. Menno Simons: His Life, Labors, and Teachings is full of biographical information about many of Simons’ contemporaries and gives a unique perspective of the Reformation. Horsch also provides an Anabaptist dictionary of key people, places, and doctrines as well as an abbreviated time-line of Menno Simons’ various points of doctrine and practice.

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Key Features

  • Examines Menno Simons’ conversion, baptism, call to ministry, and works
  • Explains the role Simons played in the history of the Anabaptists and early Mennonites
  • Includes an Anabaptist dictionary of key people, places, and doctrines

Contents

  • Menno Simons’ Conversion and Baptism
  • Menno Simons’ Call to the Ministry and Ordination
  • The Anabaptists
  • Menno Simons’ Motives, Aims, and Endeavors
  • Menno’s Labors in the Netherlands
  • The Difficulties under Which Menno Simons Labored
  • Menno’s Flight to Germany and Labors in the Electorate of Cologne
  • From the Flight from Cologne to the Discussions at Wismar
  • Menno Simons’ Relation to the State-Church Reformation
  • Menno’s Attitude toward Rationalism
  • Menno on Church Discipline
  • Menno Simons’ Doctrine on the Incarnation of Christ
  • Menno Simons’ Attitude toward the Munsterites
  • The Batenburgers and the Davidites
  • Adam Pastor
  • Recent Accusations against Menno Simons
  • A Letter of Menno Simons to a Timid Believer
  • Menno in Wustenfelde. His Death. His Place in the History of the Reformation
  • Menno Simons on Various Points of Doctrine and Practice
  • Menno’s Writings

Praise for the Print Edition

It is of value to have in English a really authoritative life of the great Dutch radical of the Reformation. We are so accustomed to hear only of Luther, Zwingli, and Calvin, that we frequently forget that there was a large part of the Reformation movement bitterly hostile to the so-called ’orthodox’ reformers. For Menno Simons and his many followers, Luther and his confreres were hardly better than the Pope with his Cardinals.

Anglican Theological Review

The Historical value of the book is very considerable, the author’s diligence is exemplary, and a quantity of material has been brought together from various sources that has never before been printed in English.

The American Historical Review

Product Details

  • Title: Menno Simons: His Life, Labors, and Teachings
  • Author: John Horsch
  • Publisher: Mennonite Publishing House
  • Publication Date: 1916
  • Pages: 324

About John Horsch

John Horsch (1867–1941) was born in Germany and immigrated to America in 1887. After learning English from the Indian Mission School under Christian Krehbiel, he began to work as an editor for the Mennonite Publishing Company. Aside a few intermittent years of further study, Horsch worked as an editor, researcher, and writer for the Mennonite Publishing Company for over 50 years. He authored numerous works, including Infant Baptism: Its Origin Among Protestants, The Principle of Nonresistance as Held by the Mennonite Church, and The Hutterian Brethren: A Story of Martyrdom and Loyalty. He has the credit of discovering the modern Hutterites and their historical manuscripts and introducing them to modern scholarship.