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Bekentenisse des Gheloofs, na Godes Woordt: also deselvighe van vele jaren herwaert, ende noch teghenwoordich, by diemen Mennisten nocmt, gelooft, geleert ende beleeft wort. This confession is found in the Historie der warachtighe getuygen Jesu Christi . . . sint het Jaer 1524 tot desen tyt toe, etc. (Hoorn, 1617). This edition of the martyr-book was a reprint of the 1615 (first) edition, en titled Historie der Martelaren, of which the introduction (by Hans de Ries) was omitted and replaced by an unsigned Voorrede and the Bekentenisse des Gheloofs, also unsigned. The confession consists of 33 articles, followed by some extracts from Menno Simons and Dirk Philips concerning the Trinity and the Incarnation. It is strongly orthodox in character. P. J. Twisck and Sieuwert Pietersz composed both the Voorrede and the confession (Bibliotheca Reformatoria Neerlandica VII, 155; Doopsgezinde Bijdragen 1870, 72). Though the confession was a private undertaking, not authorized by the church, it had great influence among the Old Frisians, to which group the authors belonged, and it was often considered the official confession of this denomination. It was reprinted in the Historie van de Vrome Getuygen Jesu Christi (Hoorn, 1626), and the van Braght Martyrs Mirror in all its Dutch, German, and English editions. A separate edition was published at Hoorn (1620). An English translation was published in 1837 at Winchester, Virginia, as The Confession of Faith of the Christians Known by the Name of Mennonites, in Thirty-Three Articles with a Short Extract from their Catechism. Translated from the German, and accompanied with notes.

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Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1953


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van der Zijpp, Nanne. "Bekentenisse des Gheloofs, na Godes Woordt: also deselvighe van vele jaren herwaert, ende noch teghenwoordich, by diemen Mennisten nocmt, gelooft, geleert ende beleeft wort (1617)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1953. Web. 23 Jul 2014. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Bekentenisse_des_Gheloofs,_na_Godes_Woordt:_also_deselvighe_van_vele_jaren_herwaert,_ende_noch_teghenwoordich,_by_diemen_Mennisten_nocmt,_gelooft,_geleert_ende_beleeft_wort_(1617)&oldid=100251.

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van der Zijpp, Nanne. (1953). Bekentenisse des Gheloofs, na Godes Woordt: also deselvighe van vele jaren herwaert, ende noch teghenwoordich, by diemen Mennisten nocmt, gelooft, geleert ende beleeft wort (1617). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 23 July 2014, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Bekentenisse_des_Gheloofs,_na_Godes_Woordt:_also_deselvighe_van_vele_jaren_herwaert,_ende_noch_teghenwoordich,_by_diemen_Mennisten_nocmt,_gelooft,_geleert_ende_beleeft_wort_(1617)&oldid=100251.




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