Claes Gerbrandsz (d. 1552)
Claes Gerbrandsz, an Anabaptist martyr, was burned at the stake on 6 August 1552, at Amsterdam with five brethren, because he attended the meetings of the Mennonites. He came from Wormer, in the Dutch province of North Holland, and was a weaver by trade. At the time of his trial, he declared that he had heard Menno Simons preach more than 10 years before. He had not yet been baptized on the confession of his faith, although he would gladly have done so if he had had the opportunity. This case is again an indication that those who desired to be baptized sometimes had to wait for years before the elder considered them worthy. Claes and the other brethren endured the grim ordeal with all steadfastness.
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, 142 f.
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: 536. 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. II, 76.
Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 1, p. 615. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.
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