Marpeck: A Life of Dissent and Conformity

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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. 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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Walter Klaassen is an adjunct professor at the College of Emmanuel and St. Chad and an adjunct professor of history at the University of Saskatchewan. He holds graduate degrees from McMaster University, McMaster Divinity College, and Oxford University. Klaassen has taught Bible and church history at Bethel College, Conrad Grebel University College, and Okanagan University College. He is editor of the widely used source book, Anabaptism in Outline.

William Klassen is adjunct professor and Principal Emeritus at St. Paul's College, University of Waterloo, Ontario. He has been 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.

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