Alenson is known only as the author of the very important Tegen-Bericht op den voorreden van't groote Martelaer-Boeck der Doopsgezinde, which was published at Haarlem in 1630 from the press of Jan Pietersz Does. The booklet was reprinted in Bibliotheca Reformatoria Neerlandica VII (1910, 139-266). The purpose of the Tegen-Bericht is to show (1) that Hans de Ries and the other liberal Waterlander and Flemish compilers of the first edition of the groote martelaarsboek had not, as the strictly orthodox Frisian publishers of the third edition of 1626 had charged, falsified the martyrs' confessions and omitted part of the Melchior Hoffman doctrine of the incarnation; and (2) that Menno and his contemporaries had in many points been more liberal than the unbending Frisians claimed in what they proclaimed in 1626 to be the true teachings of Menno Simons. The value of the booklet lies in all the information which Alenson gives from his personal acquaintance and conversation with several friends of Menno who had outlived him, as well as with various martyrs.
Cramer, Samuel and Fredrik Pijper. Bibliotheca Reformatoria Neerlandica, 10 vols. The Hague: M. Nijhoff, 1903-1914: v. VII: 139-266.
Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon, 4 vols. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe; Schneider, 1913-1967: v. I, 20.
Wijnman, H. F. Jaarboek Amstelodamum (1931): 81 ff.
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