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Overview When Becoming Anabaptist appeared in 1987, it was the first major study to incorporate the new history of multiple beginnings and diverse history of Anabaptism into a synthesis of meanings for the contemporary church. J. Denny Weaver's second edition will continue to be welcomed by scholars and by church leaders alike.
Publishers Description When Becoming Anabaptist appeared in 1987, it was the first major study to incorporate the new history of multiple beginnings and a diverse Anabaptism into a synthesis of meanings for the late 20th century. J. Denny Weaver's attempt was welcomed and widely acclaimed by scholars and by church leaders alike. In this second edition, Weaver provides a "masterful treatment of his beloved Anabaptist vision" (William Willimon, in the Foreword). 280 Pages.
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Studio: Herald Pr
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.28" Width: 5.42" Height: 0.67" Weight: 0.55 lbs.
Release Date May 1, 1987
Publisher Herald Press
ISBN 0836134346 ISBN13 9780836134346
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More About J. Denny Weaver
J. Denny Weaver is professor of religion and Harry and Jean Yoder Scholar in Bible and Religion at Bluffton College. He is the author of four previous books. Gerald Biesecker-Mast is associate professor of communication at Bluffton College. This is the second volume he has co-edited.
J. Denny Weaver currently resides in the state of Ohio. J. Denny Weaver was born in 1941.
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Reviews - What do customers think about Becoming Anabaptist: The Origin and Significance of Sixteenth-Century Anabaptism?
A marvelous history of the Anabaptist faith Aug 6, 2004
This wonderful book admirably covers the origin of the Anabaptist faith, from the very beginning of the Protestant Reformation to the death of Menno Simons in 1561. Anabaptism did not originate with one man in one place. Instead, the modern Anabaptist movement is a confluence of reform movements in three areas: Switzerland, Southern Germany and Moravia, and the Low Countries. And, in the final chapter of the book, the author, Professor of Religion at Bluffton (Mennonite) College, looks at the implication of the historic Anabaptist faith.
Overall, I found this to be a fantastic book. The author gives a clear and concise history of Anabaptism, including the famous (or infamous) Anabaptist kingdom of Munster (1534-35). As I was reading along, I could not help but marvel at the excellence of the book.
However, the final chapter, The Meaning of Anabaptism, I found much less appealing. As members of a hated and persecuted minority themselves, the Anabaptists have frequently campaigned for civil and human rights in many countries around the world. But, the author seems to unquestioningly link the modern Anabaptists to the modern American political Left. I found this to be rather disappointing, and in some ways a cheapening of Anabaptism, making its social reach dependent on a non-Christian movement.
But, that said, this is a marvelous history of the Anabaptist faith, definitely the best one that I have seen so far. So, if you are interested in the history of the Anabaptists, then you simply MUST get this book. I highly recommend it.
*the* one volume introduction to Anabaptist Historiography Jun 14, 2003
Don't let the 176 pages fool you. This book is comprehensive survey concerning the origins of Anabaptism. Taking a "multiple origins" view of almost simultaneous origins in Switzerland and South Germany/Austria/Moravia and subseqent spread northward to Holland, Weaver presents a complex story with comendable economy.
In section 3 he survey anabaptist historiograpy, starting with the establishment view of "they're fanatics" of Calvin and Luther, to the "anabaptist vision" of Harold Bender, to the (then) latest research of Werner Packull, Klaus Deppermann, and James M. Stayer.
History writing often tells as much about the writer as it does the "story" and Anabaptist history is no exception! Along the Weaver raises some pertinent points about Anabaptist identity today!
Popularly written intellectual history doesn't get any better!