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Klaassen and Klassen honored at colloquium


William Klassen (left), Walter Klaassen (center) and John Rempel (right)

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Mennonite Church Canada/Mennonite Publishing Network Joint release
May 9, 2008
- staff

NEWTON, Kan. — Scholars and authors William Klassen ((left) and Walter Klaassen (center) were honored at a luncheon at the annual Anabaptist Colloquium held at Elkhart, Indiana on April 26.

John Rempel (right) of Associated Mennonite biblical Seminary led the tribute noting their lifetime efforts in history and theology, especially in providing new generations access to the Anabaptist theologian and civil engineer Pilgram Marpeck.

The event was timed with a celebration of the forthcoming publication of Marpeck: A Life of Dissent and Conformity by Herald Press. The new biography comes after a lifetime of work on Marpeck, the authors having edited The Writings of Pilgram Marpeck (1978) which was published three decades ago.

Among the 16th century Anabaptists, Marpeck’s life and thought are enjoying renewed interest among Mennonites with the numerous studies and publications, and a major conference planned at Bluffton University in June 2009.

Other tributes were given by professor James Stayer and younger scholars such as Jonathan Seiling.