Teufel, Eberhard (1884-1957)
Eberhard Teufel (1884-1957), a Lutheran minister and church historian, was educated in the Württemberg seminaries at Schöntal and Urach in 1898-1902, and at the University of Tübingen 1902-6, as a student of the church historian Karl Müller. In 1910 he studied the Moravian Brethren communities at Herrnhut and Niesky. He served in various rural pastorates in Württemberg, wrote a number of articles on the history of the Herrnhut free church, and published the first scholarly biography of Rothe, the pastor at Berthelsdorf, a position that was under the patronage of Zinzendorf. For decades he did research on the Anabaptists and Spiritualists. He also wrote a number of articles on Anabaptist topics. His only full-length book was a biography of Sebastian Franck, a favorite of his.
The task of organizing the papers left by the late Christian Hege, coeditor of the Mennonitisches Lexikon, led him into collaboration in the third volume of that work. He was appointed as successor to Walther Köhler after the latter's death in 1946, on the board of the Mennonitischer Geschichtsverein. He was the chief promoter of the renewed publication of the Anabaptist documents (begun in 1930), and was chosen secretary of the Täuferakten-Kommission that is composed of representatives of the Geschichtsverein and the Verein für Reformationsgeschichte. He had been assigned the task of editing the second volume of Württemberg Täuferakten, begun by G. Bossert, Jr., but died (27 June 1957) before he could complete the task. He contributed a number of articles to the Mennonite Encyclopedia. His residence in the last years was Fellbach, a suburb of Stuttgart, Germany.
Crous, Ernst. "Eberhard Teufel." Mennonitische Geschichtsblätter (1955): 32-36.
Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 701. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.
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