Academic journal article Mennonite Quarterly Review

John Howard Yoder, 1927-1997

Academic journal article Mennonite Quarterly Review

John Howard Yoder, 1927-1997

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THE MENNONITE QUARTERLY REVIEW regrets to announce the death of John Howard Yoder of Elkhart, Indiana on December 30, 1997, the day after his seventieth birthday. Yoder was pronounced dead as the result of an aortic aneurysm while at work at the University of Notre Dame, where he had been a member of the department of theology since 1977.

The nearly fifty years of Yoder's astonishing scholarly productivity began with the April 1949 publication by MQR of "Caesar and the Meidung." The January 1997 MQR published a comprehensive bibliography, prepared by Mark Thiessen Nation, of more than 600 writings by Yoder. Most of his contributions to MQR focused on aspects of Swiss Anabaptism, but they also included his early critical assessment of Constantinianism and his pacifist response to Reinhold Niebuhr. He was a valued member of the MQR Editorial Board from 1961 to 1993.

Yoder grew up in the Oak Grove Mennonite Church community near Smithville, Ohio and graduated from Goshen College in 1947. His eight years of service and study in Europe began in 1949 and included significant activity among French Mennonites, his role in the 1952 Amsterdam gathering which became the "Concern" movement, graduate study at the University of Basel (Dr. …

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