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Pilgram Marpeck (1495?–1556)

David C. Steinmetz

in Reformers in the Wings

Second edition

Published in print March 2001 | ISBN: 9780195130485
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199869008 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195130480.003.0021
 Pilgram Marpeck (1495?–1556)

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Pilgram Marpeck was a civil engineer and an Anabaptist leader, who stressed the discontinuity between the Old Testament and the New in his theology. He argued that the Old Testament belongs to yesterday – a yesterday marked by violence, polygamy, and the circumcision of infants – while the New Testament belongs to today – a today marked by nonviolence, monogamy, and the baptism of believing adults. He believed that the interpretation of Scripture must be a communal activity in which the exegesis of any individual member is subject to the judgment of the community as a whole.

Keywords: baptism; Marpeck; New Testament; Old Testament; Scripture; today; yesterday

Chapter.  3778 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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