Treyer, Jakob (16th century)

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Jakob Treyer, an Anabaptist of Laufen, Switzerland, near Basel, was put in neck irons in Basel (torture) with Konrad Winkler of Zürich in 1529 because of their steadfastness in the faith. "In the consciousness that they were suffering as martyrs they endured the most degrading corporal punishments . . . cheerfully. Winkler and Treyer stood laughing in the market place in neck irons and one of them preached concerning repentance and the new life to the assembled crowd of spectators. When the executioner then whipped them out of the city, they challenged him to do his duty well, for they gladly suffered for Christ's sake" (Burkhardt).

Early in February 1530 Jakob Treyer was sentenced to death by beheading. But in the face of death his steadfastness forsook him; he cast himself at the feet of his judges and begged for mercy, promising to recant and submit to anything. Oecolampadius had assured him in prison that if he recanted he would be shown mercy and promised to intercede for him. He did so, and Treyer was pardoned.


Burkhardt, Paul. Die Basler Täufer. Basel, 1898.

Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon, 4 vols. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe: Schneider, 1913-1967: v. IV, 357.

Author(s) Samuel Geiser
Date Published 1959

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Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 74. All rights reserved.

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