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Jan de Oude Kleerkoper, an Anabaptist martyr, was burned at the stake at Antwerp, Belgium, on 21 or 22 October 1551 (van Braght, Martyrs' Mirror, erroneously reports 2 October), together with Peter Bruynen, Pleunis van Hoevele, Martin du Petitz, and Jacob Peeters. About their imprisonment we are informed by two letters of Pieter Bruynen, found in the Offer des Heeren. Their names are celebrated in a hymn, "Tot lof des Vaders, soons, heyligen geest" (To the glory of Father, Son and Holy Ghost), found in the Offer and included in the Ausbund. The confession of Jan de Oude Kleerkoper is found in the Offer and following martyrbooks, including the Martyrs' Mirror. From the records published by P. Génard in Antwerpsch Archievenblad it appears that his official name was Jan van der Wouwen (Wouweren), born at Westerloo, Flanders; he was charged with the crime of rebaptism and persisting in his "heresy."

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Dit Boec wort genoemt: Het Offer des Herren, om het inhout van sommighe opgheofferde kinderen Godts . . . N.p., 1578: 177-186.

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: II, 128, 130 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: 500. Available online at: http://www.homecomers.org/mirror/index.htm.

Génard, Petrus. Antwerpsch archievenblad. Antwerpen, Belgium: Stadsarchief te Antwerpen: VIII, 405, 415; XIV, 18 f., No. 208.

Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon, 4 vols. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe: Schneider, 1913-1967: v. II, 389.


Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1957


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Zijpp, Nanne van der. "Jan de Oude Kleerkoper (d. 1551)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1957. Web. 31 Jul 2014. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Jan_de_Oude_Kleerkoper_(d._1551)&oldid=108237.

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Zijpp, Nanne van der. (1957). Jan de Oude Kleerkoper (d. 1551). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 31 July 2014, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Jan_de_Oude_Kleerkoper_(d._1551)&oldid=108237.




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