(Hoffman; Hoffmann; ca. 1500ca. 1544). B. Schwäbisch Hall, Ger.; Anabap. mystic. Lay preacher; traveled in Livonia, Estonia, Swed., and N Ger.; denied Luth. doctrine of Lord's Supper; involved in controversy with J. Bugenhagen*; proclaimed advent of New Jerusalem to be located at Strasbourg; later imprisoned there; followers known as Hofmannites or Melchiorites. See also Münster Kingdom.
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