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Dirc (Dirck) Cuper (Cuiper, de Cuyper) was an Anabaptist leader in the Netherlands during the first years of the movement. In December 1533 he was one of the twelve apostles sent out from Amsterdam by Jan Matthijsz of Haarlem. With Bartel Boeckbinder Dirck came to Leeuwarden in Friesland, where they baptized and ordained as elders Obbe Philips and Hans Barbier. Nothing more is known about his life. Reitsma erroneously identified him with the Dirck Cuiper who was beheaded at Leeuwarden in 1551. Karel Vos is probably right in stating that a man called Dirck Jacobsz de Cuyper, taken prisoner at Gouda, Dutch province of South Holland, and brought to The Hague on 5 March 1535, is identical with the Dirck Cuper who baptized Obbe Philips.


Doopsgezinde Bijdragen (1917): 98, 101.

Reitsma, J. Honderd Jaren uit de geschiedenis der Hervorming en der Hervormde Kerk in Friesland. Leeuwarden: H. Kuipers, 1876.

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1956

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