Arent Block (d. 1572)
Arent Block, an Anabaptist martyr from Zevenbergen, Dutch province of North Brabant (not Transylvahia as the Mennonitisches Lexikon has it), was one of the seven martyrs who were put to death at Breda (same province) in 1572. The Martyrs' Mirror states that Arent, on the way to the place of execution, dropped a note hoping that one of his friends would pick it up. But the letter fell into the hands of his enemies, and Arent and his companion Cornelis de Gyselaar were brought back to prison for another severe torture, after which they were burned at the stake.
Braght, Thieleman J. van. Het Bloedigh Tooneel of Martelaers Spiegel der Doops-gesinde of Weereloose Christenen, Die om 't getuygenis van Jesus haren Salighmaker geleden hebben ende gedood zijn van Christi tijd of tot desen tijd toe. Den Tweeden Druk. Amsterdam: Hieronymus Sweerts, …, 1685: Part II, 603.
Braght, Thieleman J. van. The Bloody Theatre or Martyrs' Mirror of the Defenseless Christians Who Baptized Only upon Confession of Faith and Who Suffered and Died for the Testimony of Jesus Their Saviour . . . to the Year A.D. 1660. Scottdale, PA: Herald Press, 1951: 929 ff. Available online at: http://www.homecomers.org/mirror/index.htm.
Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon, 4 vols. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe; Schneider, 1913-1967: v. I, 237.
Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 1, p. 153. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.
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