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Johan Hast (1808-1852), a German Catholic scholar, author of Geschichte der Wiedertäufer zu Münster von ihrem Entstehen zu Zwickau in Sachsen bis auf ihren Sturz zu Münster in Westfalen (Münster, 1836). The reader who judges from the title of the book that this is a traditional treatment of the subject is pleasantly surprised by the contents. Even if the author incorrectly derives the Anabaptists from the Zwickau "prophets" and logically has them end in the Münster revolt, he nevertheless shows an admirable understanding and evaluation of this religious movement, tries to interpret it in the light of its noble religious motives, and describes it (from a Catholic point of view) in a highly objective manner, on the basis of sources, which he, however, unfortunately sometimes fails to cite.


Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon, 4 vols. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe; Schneider, 1913-1967: v. II, 265.

Rassmann, E. Nachrichten von dem Leben und den Schriften Münsterländischer Schriftsteller des 18. u. 19. Jahrhunderts. Münster, 1866: 140.

Sonntagsblatt für katholische Christen. Münster, 1843: 638.

Author(s) Christian Neff
Date Published 1956

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Neff, Christian. "Hast, Johan (1808-1852)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1956. Web. 30 Apr 2017.,_Johan_(1808-1852)&oldid=81787.

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Neff, Christian. (1956). Hast, Johan (1808-1852). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 30 April 2017, from,_Johan_(1808-1852)&oldid=81787.

Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Kitchener, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 2, p. 677. All rights reserved.

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