Pistor, Georg (16th century)

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Georg Pistor, an Anabaptist of the Palatinate and Zweibrücken, Germany, who stemmed from Alsace (Hagenau). Under Wolfgang Capito and Martin Bucer he was a Protestant preacher in Strasbourg, and was sent by Bucer to Zweibrücken at the request of Johann Schwebel, the reformer of Zweibrücken; Pistor was given the pastoral charge of the neighbor­ing village of Ernstweiler. His Anabaptist views soon brought him into conflict with Schwebel. "Stripping baptism and the breaking of bread of all sacramental significance and denying their necessity as means of salvation, the demand for the moral integrity of the one administering them as a neces­sary condition for the validity of the rite; the assertion of the incompatibility of true Christianity with holding a government position or with the posses­sion of worldly goods; in addition the disregard and defamation of a salaried ministry"—these were the Anabaptist views that Pistor held and that Schwebel attacked. The Strasbourg reformers were called in a futile attempt to arbitrate the matter. Ruprecht, the Count Palatine, also entered the breach. In 1538 Georg Pistor was expelled from the country. All trace of him is lost.


Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon, 4 vols. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe: Schneider, 1913-1967: v. III, 375 f.

Jung, Fritz.  Johannes Schwebel, der Reformator von Zweibrücken. Kaiserslautern, 1910: 107 ff.

Author(s) Christian Neff
Date Published 1959

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Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 182. All rights reserved.

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