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Niclaes, Hendrik
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(Jan 9/10, 1502, Münster? – after 1570). Gifted as a visionary from his youth, Niclaes moved from Amsterdam to Emden after his calling as a prophet in 1540. He expanded late medieval mystical concepts into a prophetic-chiliastic spiritualism. Against a background of pantheistic ontology, he saw himself as the reincarnation of Christ. Through his missionary journeys, the “Family of Love” (Familists) spread, through their experience of the Spirit transcend-ing the bounds of confession and religion; this was not rightly understood in the many accusa…

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Leppin, Volker, “Niclaes, Hendrik”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 08 April 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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