Testament is the title often given to the letters that the Anabaptist martyrs wrote to their relatives after they had been sentenced to death, particularly to their children. Anneken Jans of Rotterdam wrote such a "testament" to her little son, which begins with the words "Isaiah, receive your testament"; Joost Verkindert wrote to his children: "Keep this letter for a testament." The testament of Soetken van den Hout(t)e to her children was separately printed in 1579.
Braght, Thieleman J. van. Het Bloedigh Tooneel of Martelaers Spiegel der Doopsgesinde 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: 48, 277, 526.
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: 453, 646, 863. Available online at: http://www.homecomers.org/mirror/index.htm.
Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 699. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.
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