Successio Anabaptistka, Dat is Babel der Wederdopers
Successio Anabaptistka, Dat is Babel der Wederdopers, is the title of a book published by V. P. in Cologne, 1603; there was a second unaltered edition at Cologne, 1612. This book is very rare; of the first edition only three copies are extant, and four of the second. There was a copy of the second edition in the Danzig Mennonite library; the Amsterdam Mennonite library has a copy of both editions. A reprint with introduction was published by Samuel Cramer in Bibliotheca Reformatoria Neerlandica VII (The Hague, 1910). Besides the Beginsel en voortganck der geschillen written some years later, this book is the only account of 16th-century Dutch Anabaptist history by a comtemporary author who deals especially with various schisms among the Dutch Mennonites; it contains much information about church leaders found in no other source; therefore the book, since it is on the whole very reliable, is a valuable source, though it was written by an opponent of the Mennonites. The author was probably Simon Walraven, who married a granddaughter of Joost Buyck, burgomaster of Amsterdam, and was later a Roman Catholic priest at Kevendonk near Goch, Germany.
The motive for writing and publishing this book was a publication by the Mennonite author Jacob Pietersz van der Meulen, who wrote Successio Apostolica, Dat is Naecominghe ofte Naetredinghe der Apostelen (Alkmaar, 1600) which attacked the Catholic Church, explaining that a true spiritual apostolic succession is found not among the Catholics but among the Mennonites. Then Walraven tried to show that among the Mennonites there was no apostolic succession but merely a "Babel of confusion."
Cramer, Samuel and Fredrik Pijper. Bibliotheca Reformatoria Neerlandica, 10 vols. The Hague: M. Nijhoff, 1903-1914
Vos, Karel. Menno Simons, 1496-1561, zijn leven en werken en zijne reformatorische denkbeelden. Leiden: E.J. Brill, 1914.
Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 652. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.
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