The article discusses a variety of issues concerning social history, psychohistory and the prehistory of Swiss Anabaptism. It explores the contextualist approach to the history and practice of Anabaptism. It traces the prehistory of Swiss Anabaptism and the normative vision of Anabaptist origins. The article also examines the theology of martyrdom according to Conrad Grebel, father of Anabaptist.

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Copyright © 1993 University of Chicago Press. This article first appeared in Journal of Religion 68:4 (1988), 527-544. Reprinted with permission by University of Chicago Press.

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