The FIRST HELVETIC CONFESSION ( Latin : _Confessio Helvetica prior_), known also as the SECOND CONFESSION OF BASEL, was drawn up in Basel in 1536 by Heinrich Bullinger and Leo Jud of Zürich , Kaspar Megander (de) of Bern , Oswald Myconius and Simon Grynaeus of Basel, Martin Bucer and Wolfgang Capito of Strasbourg , with other representatives from Schaffhausen , St Gall , Mülhausen and Biel . The first draft was written in Latin and the Zürich delegates objected to its Lutheran phraseology. However, Leo Jud's German translation was accepted by all, and after Myconius and Grynaeus had modified the Latin form, both versions were agreed to and adopted on February 26, 1536.
The SECOND HELVETIC CONFESSION (Latin: _Confessio Helvetica posterior_) was written by Bullinger in 1562 and revised in 1564 as a private exercise. It came to the notice of Elector Palatine Frederick III , who had it translated into German and published. It was attractive to some Reformed leaders as a corrective to what they saw as the overly-Lutheran statements of the Strasbourg Consensus . An attempt was made in early 1566 to have all the churches of Switzerland sign the Second Helvetic Confession as a common statement of faith. It gained a favorable hold on the Swiss churches, who had found the First Confession too short and too Lutheran. However, "the Basel clergy refused to sign the confession, stating that although they found no fault with it, they preferred to stand by their own Basel Confession of 1534".