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Douwe Shoenmaker (Shoemaker) was a Dutch Anabaptist leader. Of his activity nothing is known but the fact that at Witmarsum, Friesland, he baptized Griet, the wife of Rein Edes, who was a sister of Menno Simons' wife. Douwe was a Münsterite, and Griet, troubled because she had been baptized by a revolutionary preacher, asked first Menno Simons and then Leenaert Bouwens to baptize her again. But both these elders refused to do so.

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Cramer, Samuel and Fredrik Pijper. Bibliotheca Reformatoria Neerlandica. 10 vols. The Hague: M. Nijhoff, 1903-1914: VII, 236.

Doopsgezinde Bijdragen (1917): 119, No. 102.

Vos, Karel. Menno Simons, 1496-1561: zijn leven en werken en zijne reformatorische denkbeelden. Leiden: Boekhandel en drukkerij voorheen E.J. Brill, 1914: 5, 42, 190.

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1956

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