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Lorenz Hochrütiner was one of the founders of the Zürich Anabaptist brotherhood. He was a weaver of St. Gall, and early joined the Protestant movement. For taking part in destroying the crucifix at Stadelhofen near Zürich he had to leave the city in November 1523, and returned to St. Gall, where Conrad Grebel appealed to his brother-in-law Vadian in Hochrütiner's behalf. In St. Gall he won converts for the Anabaptist movement in 1524. In a Bible class led by Johannes Kessler, when the passage in Romans 6 about baptism on the death of Jesus was read, he spoke in opposition to infant baptism. Upon his return to Zürich he was baptized with George Blaurock, 21 January 1525. Then he betook himself to Basel. At a meeting in the house of Michel Schürer of Freiburg he was arrested and on 23 August 1525, expelled from the city on penalty of death. The next year he was back in Basel, where his family had probably remained. He was banished anew (24 July 1526). His wife and children were to be sent after him within a week. At this point all trace of him vanishes.


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Author(s) Christian Neff
Date Published 1956

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