Alseider, Christian (d. 1533)
Christian Alseider, an Anabaptist martyr, was executed in 1533 (not in 1536 as stated in the Martyrs Mirror) with six others: Hans Bekh, Balser Schneider, Waltan Gsäl, Wölfl of Götzenberg, Hans Maurer and Peter Kranewetter, in the castle of Gufidaun (in the Adige Valley in Austria). To make them recant they were severely tortured. Only Wölfl wavered under the duress, but he repented and then remained steadfast like the rest. In a letter to the congregation in the Adige they stated that there were ten others still in prison, all of whom wished to witness for the Lord with their blood.
Beck, Josef. Die Geschichts-Bücher der Wiedertäufer in Oesterreich-Ungarn. Vienna, 1883; reprinted Nieuwkoop: De Graaf, 1967: 108 f.
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, 33.
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: 444. 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, 36.
Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 1, p. 75. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.
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