Koch, Hans (d. 1524)

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Martyrdom of Hans Koch and Leonard Meister, Augsburg, 1524. Engraving by Jan Luiken in Martyrs Mirror, v. 2, p. 1 of Dutch edition. Scan provided by [http://www.bethelks.edu/mla/holdings/scans/martyrsmirror/ Mennonite Library and Archives]

Hans Koch, a martyr, probably Waldensian, who was put to death with Leonhard Meister at Augsburg, Bavaria, Germany, in 1524. He is the author of the oldest song in the Ausbund, "Ach Gott, Vater im höchsten Thron." His further identity has not yet been clarified. Samuel Cramer identifies Koch and Meister with Hans Kag  and a Speiser or Pfoster, both of whom were beheaded as revolutionaries at Augsburg in 1524 (Uhlhorn). But such an identification is today considered dubi­ous. None of these names is found in the Hutterite Chronicle.


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, 1 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. 1660:413 f. Scottdale, PA: Herald Press, 1951.

Cramer, S. "De geloofwaardigheid van van Braght." Doopsgezinde Bijdragen (1899): 65-164, especially 116 f.

Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon, 4 vols. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe; Schneider, 1913-1967: v. II, 516.

Roth, Fr. Augsburgs Reformationsgeschicht. Munich, 1901: 189 ff.

Uhlhorn, G. Urbanus Rhegius. Elberfeld, 1861: 62.

Wolkan, Rudolf. Die Lieder der Wiedertäufer. Berlin, 1903. Reprinted Nieuwkoop: B. De Graaf, 1965.

Author(s) Neff Christian
Date Published 1957

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Christian, Neff. "Koch, Hans (d. 1524)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1957. Web. 19 Apr 2018. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Koch,_Hans_(d._1524)&oldid=95575.

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Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 3, p. 210. All rights reserved.

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