Anabaptist Primary Documents

Unlike earlier radical movements, whose literature was seized and destroyed so that we have little left to know what they believed and how they lived, Anabaptists lived after the introduction of printing to Europe and so left plenty of written material. Through letters to individuals and churches, court statements, books and pamphlets on various subjects, Bible study aids, hymns and prayers, the Anabaptist tradition comes alive. We can listen in as they discuss theological and pastoral issues among themselves and debate contentious points with their Catholic and Protestant contemporaries. Some of this 16th-century material is, of course, rooted in a very different culture from ours, but the heart and passion of the movement pulses through these primary documents.

During the past 60 years much of this material has been translated into English and is available to consult in theological libraries or for sale through Metanoia Book Service - although some translation work has yet to be completed.

Our aim in this section is offer easy access to some key 16th-century documents. We hope gradually to enlarge our collection. You can also find links to other websites offering such resources on our Links page.

Answer of Some Who Are Called (Ana)Baptists Why They Do Not Attend The Churches: A Swiss Bretheren Tract. Translated by Shem Peachy and Paul Peachy
http://anabaptistnetwork.com/pdf/Answerofsome.pdf

Fije and Eelken at Leeuwarden (1549)
http://anabaptistnetwork.com/pdf/FijeandEelken.pdf

Hans Hut: The Mysetery of Baptism
http://anabaptistnetwork.com/pdf/HansHutTheMysteryofBaptism.pdf

Hymns: An Anabaptist hymn of prayer for strength and protection, written by Leonhart Sommer, who died in prison, December 1573, because of his belief.
http://anabaptistnetwork.com/pdf/Hymns.pdf

Jan Wouters van Kuyck, Anabaptist Artist
http://anabaptistnetwork.com/pdf/JanWouters.pdf

Marpeck: Letters to the Swiss Brethern
http://anabaptistnetwork.com/pdf/MarpeckLetterstotheSwissBrethren.pdf

Menisten Concession by the Elector
http://anabaptistnetwork.com/pdf/MenistenConcessionbytheElector.pdf

Menno Simons Table Prayers
http://anabaptistnetwork.com/pdf/MennoSimonstableprayers.pdf

Meno Simons on the Ban
http://anabaptistnetwork.com/pdf/MennoSimonsOntheBan.pdf

Philips Sending of Preachers
http://anabaptistnetwork.com/pdf/PhilipsSendingofPreachers.pdf

Schad: An Anabaptist Meeting
http://anabaptistnetwork.com/pdf/SchadAnAnabaptistMeeting.pdf

Scharnschlager, Church Order
http://anabaptistnetwork.com/pdf/ScharnschlagerChurchOrder.pdf

Theological Refutation of Anabaptism
http://anabaptistnetwork.com/pdf/TheologicalRefutationofAnabaptism.pdf

Worship Services in Hesse
http://anabaptistnetwork.com/pdf/WorshipServicesinHesse.pdf

Answer to Luther's Malediction
http://anabaptistnetwork.com/pdf/AnswertoLuthersMalediction.pdf

Dirk Philips, The Incarnation of our Lord Jesus Christ
http://anabaptistnetwork.com/pdf/DirkPhilipsTheIncarnationofourLordJesus...

Justification for the Prosecution of Anabaptists 1536
http://anabaptistnetwork.com/pdf/JustificationfortheProsecutionofAnabapt...

Karlstadt Whether one should go slowly
http://anabaptistnetwork.com/pdf/KarlstadtWhetheroneshouldgoslowly.pdf

Muntzer, Vindication and Refutation
http://anabaptistnetwork.com/pdf/MuntzerVindicationandRefutation.pdf

Peter Walpot True Yieldedness and the Christian Community of Goods
http://anabaptistnetwork.com/pdf/PeterWalpotTrueYieldednessandtheChristi...

Scharnschlager, Farewell to the Strasbourg Council
http://anabaptistnetwork.com/pdf/ScharnschlagerFarewelltotheStrasbourgCo...

Whether a Christian can hold a goverment office
http://anabaptistnetwork.com/pdf/ScharnschlagerWhetheraChristiancanholda...

Two letters by Pilgram Marpeck
http://anabaptistnetwork.com/pdf/TwolettersbyPilgramMarpeck.pdf